O.B.eatles performed 3 packed shows

Photo by Lynn Christoffers

“O.B.eatles II,” presented by the Oak Bluffs School Music & Drama Department met with rave success last weekend, as packed audiences attended all three performances. The Sunday showing at 2 pm was particularly well attended by a young crowd delighted to find their friends and family members on stage, including many Boomers and older folk singing along to 1960s Beatles tunes. The talented Middle School performers were joined in several acts by their younger schoolmates, the “Littles,” (2nd through 4th grade) to make a grand total of over 65 children on stage — all under the steady guidance of director Shelagh Hackett and music director Brian Weiland. The title of each act was a Beatles song, with music accompaniment by The Daytrippers:  Rob Myers, Doug Brush, Boaz Kirschenbaum, Brian Weiland, and Liam Wieland.

Voice soloists included guitarist Doug Brush, who started out the program singing “With a Little Help From My Friends,” with the full cast joining in. Eighth grader Robert Hanjian (“Mother Nature’s Son”) and Tripp Hopkins (“Taxman”) both began their songs, then were joined by cast members — all choreographed beautifully to keep the pace moving along. Everyone in the cast had to learn the 22 song performances, as many started with a solo but then voices from the full cast joined in.

Avalon Weiland started out, “Hey Jude” and Emily Mello led the last song, “Imagine,” followed by the full cast and the “Littles,” all holding small candles, moving arm in arm throughout the stage areas, to finally enter the aisles of the audience.