Sleeping Giants Begin to Awaken
by Jim Romenesko
When Wisconsin schools were shuttered on March 18 of last year, most of us never expected that the situation would extend well into this year.
But there are signs of hope!
A survey of local high school theatre directors finds many planning streamed or live (some are producing both) shows for this spring.
Most producers are re-opening their venues with shows that feature small to medium-sized casts. Many are double-casting as a hedge against possible Covid-related problems and to give more actors the opportunity to perform. “The kids are overjoyed,” says one director. Ditto for their audiences!
Another major component of any show, the technical crew, is an important consideration moving forward. Students move through their high school years quickly and directors will be faced with the challenge of re-training for these critical positions once programs return to normal operation.
As one student put it, “If we didn’t produce a show this spring, we’d be starting next year with two years’ worth of classes who have no production experience whatsoever.”
Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store as the curtain slowly rises on local school productions.
Appleton North High School
“Improvedy” Comedy Improv Shows presented March 19, April 16, May 21
“The Laramie Project” presented April 29 through May 1, directed by Ron Parker.
Both shows will be streamed with the possibility of presenting to a small, live audience. Details to be determined.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.appletonnorththeatre.org
Brillion High School
“Working” (2012 Revised Version) presented April 22 through 25, April 29, 30, May 1 and 2, directed by Jonathan Kobs. The production will be presented for a live audience.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://brillionsd.org/high_school/endries_performing_arts_center. (information will be available in the near future.)
Chilton High School
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” presented April 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, and 24. The show will be streamed and presented for a limited live audience. Tickets to attend in person are only available through cast members.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.englercenter.com
Kimberly High School
“Songs for a New World” directed by Todd Wegner. Presented April 16 through 24. The show will be streamed and presented for a live audience.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.kimberlytheatre.com
St. Mary Catholic High School
“Anything Goes” Directed by Hayden Kraus. March 12-14. The show will be available to stream on-demand
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: SMCSFineArts.org
Xavier High School
“Spin – the pop hits of the early ‘60’s.” A musical revue directed by Jim Romenesko. The show will be available to stream on demand in late April.
Xavier will also present its annual radio play (title TBD), a senior showcase and a children’s show (both in May).