The biggest advocates for the new musical theater arts magnet school that the Loudoun County School Board approved Tuesday night were some of its future applicants.

Before the board voted 7 to 2 to approve the pilot program, which will serve up to 32 students starting in the fall, a ninth-grader from Loudoun County High School approached the dais.

Members of the school board, we encourage you to the seize the day, he said.

Then, just like in a musical, the teen broke into song.

“Open the gates and seize the day,” he sang.

Within moments he was joined by about 20 other students, who sang a number from the musical “Newsies.”

Don’t be afraid and don’t delay

Nothing can break us

No one can make us

Give our rights away

Arise and seize the day!

The school board members gave them a standing ovation.