Now it’s more like that.
For the first time in forever, there is more than one production hoping for an audience, albeit hidden and limited. Read on:
Lake Catholic High School
“Prepare the Way” as live theater returns to the Catholic Lake Stage with a modern twist to the Matthew Gospel in “Godspell”. Scott Posey is directing this production which will offer both live and streaming options.
The live show will take place on April 29 and 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and May 2 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Lake Catholic High School.
Tickets will not be sold at the door and are only available in presale, and only through the online ticket office at lchs.booktix.com. Advance tickets cost $ 10 for adults, $ 8 for seniors / alumni, and $ 5 for high school students and under.
Streaming codes are available for pre-recorded performance for $ 25 and will air on April 30 and May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and May 2 at 3 p.m. A “buy one, get one” option is available for a second device for $ 15. Use promotional code GODSPELLBOGO at checkout.
“Godspell” is a musical account of the Gospel of Matthew set in modern times, telling the story of young men and women who gave up their jobs and took up the mantle of Jesus Christ – becoming His disciples – in the request of John the Baptist.
Posey, with senior Rose Obergefell as assistant director and music director / accompanist Alex Ulle, will lead 27 cast members and 14 crew members in this year’s production at Lake Catholic.
After the heartbreaking cancellation of their production of “Chicago: High School Edition” last year, students and directors alike are eager to see this production come to life.
“The loss of ‘Chicago’ last year was heartbreaking for students and staff and we had a big financial hit with investments in the show and no opportunity to recoup those costs,” Posey says. “We are starting this year in a financial hole.”
An attempt to return to live productions in the fall had to be abandoned, compounding the difficulty.
“We started a fall production, but we weren’t able to complete it due to periodic peaks and shutdowns due to COVID-19,” Posey said. “We are predicting the best result, but we are ready for that to change in an instant.”
A host of COVID-19 precautions are in place to keep performers and participants as safe as possible. Seating for live shows is socially distanced and limited.
“We have provided the school administration with a COVID-19 protocol plan for approval and have followed all guidelines set out by the health regulations of the Ohio government and the Lake County Board of Health,” he said. said Posey. “Seats are socially distanced in family pods, no dealership sales, digital programs will be available and masks are mandatory at all times in the building.”
When it was determined that the show would continue, Posey gave a lot of thought to what type of show would work best in the current environment. He concluded that the “Godspell” community ensemble lends itself perfectly to showcasing the many horizons that can all come together for one cause.
“The whole process has been very trying but so rewarding,” Posey told me. “Children yearn for the opportunity to express themselves creatively, and seeing them come back on stage doing their jobs gives a sense of normalcy during this difficult time.
“We are all very grateful for the opportunity given to the children to be able to work together again,” he added. “With the main theme of ‘Godspell’ being building a caring community, we hope to demonstrate to our audience what is still possible for all of us today.”
Elder Armand Washington portrays John the Baptist and Judas and freshman Dominic Orlando will portray Jesus. The ensemble cast that completes the community, while not as large as a typical Lake Catholic production, still features the best of Lake.
Elise Dobbins is an 18 year old senior active in the Marching Band and LC Singers who has performed in productions of “Little Shop of Horrors”, “South Pacific” and “Chicago: High School Edition”. She is now one of the apostles of “Godspell”.
“I wanted to participate because I’ve been doing shows since my freshman year and I wanted to stick with that my senior year,” Elise said. “I’ve really enjoyed every show I’ve done but love ‘Godspell’ and couldn’t wait to audition.
“The past year has been interesting,” she added. With the constant schedule changes and uncertainty, it’s hard to have a big picture, but the musical has seriously helped with that. We have a set schedule and it gives me something to look forward to every day. “
Makenna Bretz is a 15-year-old freshman cheerleader who has had numerous acting credits with UpStage Players, the most recent being “Frozen, Jr” and “Lion King, Jr.” She has also been involved with Mt. Carmel Players in “Annie,” and is now making her delayed debut in Lake Catholic as a demon.
“I have been involved in musical theater since I was 4,” said Makenna. “It’s something I love to do and I really missed it last year. We were only able to organize one dress rehearsal for “Frozen, Jr.”. before everything is stopped.
“The last year has been quite difficult but I’m glad we can be at school in person,” she added. “The theater gave me something to look forward to and I made a lot of new friends.”
The hardest part of singing during a pandemic?
“Masks!” Said Makenna. “It’s so hard to sing and dance with them, but we know they are important. Making new friends who like what I like is a bonus. “
“I want to show the audience that I worked for the role I got,” agreed Elise. “I want to use to show how we won’t let some silly obstacles like masks keep us from realizing our full potential.”
Praise the Lord.
The North and South Willoughby-Eastlake Theater Clubs are teaming up to present “Disney’s Little Mermaid” from April 29 to May 2 at the Performing Arts Center in Union Square (located at North High School).
The public can purchase both virtual show tickets and in-person show tickets by visiting the North or South High websites at weschools.org/northhighschool_home.aspx or weschools.org/southhighschool_home.aspx. In-person show tickets are $ 10, while family tickets for the virtual broadcast are $ 20.
“After almost two years away from the theater,” director Deb Isom tells me, “the Willoughby-Eastlake School District is happy to produce artwork for our community. We feel lucky to be able to play and hope to bring joy to the community through the arts, both virtually and in person.
Assistant director Mike Rajko combined the efforts of Eastlake North and Willoughby South High Schools with the help of vocal director Devra Levine, music director Michael Czubaj and choreographer Allison Brandon. The cast, crew and musicians of the Orchestra Pit are students from the North and South who work in conjunction with a team of directors from Willoughby-Eastlake.
Included in the cast is Aalliyah Plass, a 2021 Playhouse Square Dazzle Award nominee for Best Actress and fan favorites Kai Drew and Duane Gardner.
“This play is an exciting opportunity for our students and our community,” said Superintendent of Schools Steve Thompson. “I am proud of the combined efforts of our young thespians who are working together to produce ‘The Little Mermaid’. The people involved in this production went to great lengths to work within the parameters created by COVID-19 and should be applauded for their extraordinary work.
Isom is an interventionist and English teacher at Willowick Middle School who has led the district since 2001. This is her fifth season as director of the North High Drama Club with productions from “Grease,” “The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, ”“ And then there was none, ”and many more to his name.
“I attended North and was a member of the Thespian 220 Troop,” Isom said. “Although our troupe has partnered with district colleges for mentorship and past performances, this is the first time the two high schools have collaborated on a show.
“Due to the pandemic, the program has remained inactive,” she continued. “We were able to carry out some activities virtually. We created a virtual production of Jonathan Dorf’s “4 AM Stay-At-Home Edition” as a fall production. The children worked hard and learned many new skills in order to record and distribute the virtual show.
“Due to the restrictions imposed on the theater program by the pandemic, like all schools, we have experienced a decrease in the number of participants,” she added. “The biggest impact on me has been to reformulate and rethink how to run a production in a way that keeps everyone safe, lets kids create art, and follows state and district guidelines. school. It would be impossible without the incredible team of principals and volunteers that we have from high schools in the North and South.
Despite the difficulties, Isom sees the obvious benefits of the attempt, seeing the stress, loneliness and isolation in his children.
“We think of our club as a dramatic family and are together about 140 nights a year,” Isom said. “All of a sudden it stopped. Getting together, with the addition of students and directors from the South as well, gave us all a sense of normalcy.
“The kids seem really happy to be back together, with students from the North and the South working together as one troupe and making art,” she added. “It was very moving. Fun, happy, stressful, tiring.”
It feels like theater finally coming back to normal for me.
Fairport Harding High School
The Fairport Harding High School musical theater program led by JJ Luster features past and present FHS theater students in a variety of acts, including song, dance, stand-up comedy, and musical instruments.
The “Skipper Spectacular Variety Show” will take place on April 30th and May 1st at 7:30 pm. The show will last about an hour.
Limited free tickets will be available by emailing [email protected] or by contacting a member of the theater department. No tickets are available at the gate and seating is limited due to COVID restrictions. Social distancing and masks will be needed in the theater.
Donations will be accepted on the evening of the show for the benefit of the Alexis Myer family.