All three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools are planning for an exciting theatre season with productions beginning in September and running through next spring. Theatre schedules follow, including contact information and websites for each school.
Lee’s Summit High School will kick off its theatre season at sea with Boubill & Schonberg’s “The Pirate Queen,” running Nov. 13, 14, 20, 21 and 22. From the collaborators that brought you “Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon” and “Riverdance” comes a tale based on the 16th century Irish chieftain and pirate Grainne O’Malley, one of the last Irish clan leaders to resist Queen Elizabeth and the English conquest of Gaelic Ireland. With battle at sea, beautiful music and a gripping story, you don’t want to miss this musical.
LSHS will continue the season with a modern comedy to be announced this fall. Don’t miss what will be a funny show, scheduled for Feb. 19, 20, 26, 27 and 28.
Next in the line-up is the student-directed one-acts which take place April 8-9. These shows are selected by upperclass students who then direct the underclassmen in fun and exciting short shows.
To close out the Lee’s Summit High School season on April 22, 23 and 24, the Repertory Theatre production will be staging a play that they will be selecting in their class.
Tickets for all LSHS shows are available at www.lshstheatre.com on the box office web page or you may contact (816) 986-2059 or email@example.com for more information or group reservations.
Lee’s Summit North High School leads off with its children’s musical “Aladdin Jr.,” including favorite characters from the hit Disney film – Aladdin, Jasmine, Iago, Jafar, the Genie and more. A musical adventure filled with magic, mayhem and flying carpet rides, this show is part romance, part action adventure and all fun for everyone. (Rated – G)
Performances are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and 2 p.m. Oct. 18.
North’s season continues with another classic musical, “Chicago.” With music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, this song and dance spectacular is set in Prohibition-era Chicago. The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she reported on. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the “celebrity criminal” and ”all that jazz.” (Rated PG-13). The show runs at 7 p.m. Nov 13, 14, 20 and 21 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 15.
LSNHS will conclude its season with a dramatization based on George Orwell’s novel, “Animal Farm,” produced by the Repertory Theatre Group. After revolting against the reign of their negligent human master, the animals of Mr. Jones’ farm create their own ideal society in which all animals are equal and rules are set by democratic vote. It’s all working pretty well, until the allure of power leads the animals to a chilling fate. “Animal Farm” illustrates how new tyranny replaces old and power corrupts even the noblest of causes. (Rated – PG) This play will be offered at 7 p.m. April 8 and 9 and at 2 pm April 10.
For tickets and information about any of the three LSNHS shows, visit www.lsntheatre.net or call (816) 986-3031.
Lee’s Summit West High School will open its 2015-16 season with the hilarious farce comedy, “The 39 Steps.” The show is based on the Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name but told in a new and zany way. Watch as six actors take on over 100 characters on stage. This show will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 and 2 p.m. Sept. 6.
LSWHS continues the year with the high-flying musical, “Pippin,” which tells the story of Prince Pippin who wants more than anything to find out who he truly is. This magical musical, recently on Broadway and at Starlight Theatre, includes mystery, acrobatic feats and a finale you won’t want to miss. “Pippin” runs at 7 p.m. Nov. 7, 12 and 14 at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 and 15.
West’s main-stage season will conclude with two plays in February. The first is the hilarious comedy, “Noises Off.” What happens when a group of actors decide they no longer care about the play and can’t stand each other? Take a true look of what happens on and off stage in this hilarious, madcap comedy. “Noises Off” runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 6 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. The second production is the thought-provoking “A Brave New World.” This production, based on the novel, will be produced in conjunction with the Lee’s Summit West English Language Arts Department. What will our world be like in the future? Is it everything we hoped it would be or are we in for a world that could only exist in our darkest nightmares? “A Brave New World” runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 and 20 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 21.
In addition, LSWHS will present a children’s show on Oct. 10 and 11, “A Christmas Carol” Dec. 11 – 13, a Revue on Feb. 12 and 13, a series of student-directed one-act plays at 7 p.m. April 1 and 2 and a repertory theatre murder mystery dinner theatre on April 22 and 23. Information about all LSWHS productions is available at www.westsidestage.com. Tickets for all plays will be $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Musical tickets will be $8 in advance and $9 at the door.
All three high schools will also present yet-to-be-announced productions at the school district’s One-Act Play Festival to be performed on the LSHS Stage, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5.