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 their season this year with a children’s show (to be announced) that will take the stage Oct. 7 and 8.
This year’s musical will take the audience “Under The Sea” as the school brings Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” to stage on Nov. 11, 12 and 18-20. Join Ariel, Sebastian, Ursula, Flounder and more as the well-loved story comes to life with all the popular songs. This show is a delight for audiences of all ages and promises to sell out fast so you’ll want to get your tickets early.
The LSHS season will continue with a dramatic play that is yet to be announced. Look for the announcement of this show to happen over the summer months. The winter play will take place February 24, 25 and March 3-5.
Next in the LSHS line-up is the student-directed one-acts which take place March 31 and April 1. These shows are selected by upperclass students who then direct the underclassman.
To close out the Lee’s Summit High School season on April 21 and 22, the Repertory Theatre production will be staging a play that they will be selecting in their class.
Lee’s Summit North High School leads off the season with the children’s musical, “My Son Pinocchio Jr.,” which includes favorite characters from the hit Disney film. Featuring the beloved songs, “When You Wish upon a Star” and “I’ve Got No Strings,” alongside a host of new songs by Oscar- and Grammy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz, this classic tale of toymaker Geppetto’s little wooden puppet is given new life. Join the Blue Fairy, Stromboli and a lively cast of characters as Geppetto journeys beyond the toyshop to discover the meaning of family, and when faced with the thought of never seeing Pinocchio again, Geppetto truly learns the joys of being a father and loving his child unconditionally. (Rated – G) Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 and 15 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 16.
North’s season continues with another classic story, “GHOST the Musical.” Adapted from the hit film by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin, the film starred Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopie Goldberg. The show follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam’s untimely death. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. Including the timeless song “Unchained Melody” and so many more, this Tony Award-nominated show comes live to the North stage. (Rated – PG) The show runs at 7 p.m. Nov 4, 5, 11, 12 and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.
LSNHS will conclude its season with the inspirational play, “Up the Down Staircase.” Walking into her classroom for the first time, Sylvia begins to fear she doesn’t even understand the language of the school. Another teacher translates: “Keep on file in numerical order” means throw in wastebasket. “Let it be a challenge” means you’re stuck with it. “Interpersonal relationships” means a fight between students. And “It has come to my attention” means you’re in trouble. Soon Sylvia finds herself the most involved person in the school—involved in dealing with colleagues, secretaries, nurses, librarians, administrators, but, most of all, involved in the unexpected, and sometimes heartbreaking problems of her students. (Rated – PG) This play will be offered at 7 p.m. April 7 and 8, and at 2 p.m. April 9.
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 2016-17 season with two hilarious comedies presented in one evening. “All the Great Books Ever Written” (Abridged) and “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare” (Abridged) will be shown in one evening. These hilarious productions put the audience in the center of the action as classic literature and ALL of Shakespeare’s plays are produced in one evening of guaranteed laughs. This show will run Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 4 at 2 p.m.
LSWHS continues the year with the classic Disney musical, “Mary Poppins.” Mary Poppins is a magical nanny who appears one day to help two children who seem to run off every nanny they have. She shows them a magical world that helps them to learn about love, selflessness and the power of change. The production will include a flying Mary Poppins and Bert tap dancing upside down on the proscenium. Mary Poppins runs Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.
West’s main-stage season will conclude with two plays in February. The first is the hilarious comedy, “Leading Ladies.” What happens when two con men decide to pass themselves off as an elderly woman’s long-lost nephews only to discover that she is searching for nieces? They are two great actors but can they pass themselves off as WOMEN? “Leading Ladies” runs Feb. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. The second production is the Arthur Miller classic, “The Crucible,” produced in conjunction with the Lee’s Summit West English Language Arts Department. Journey to Salem, Mass., at the time of the Salem Witch Trials. Several young girls are accused of doing witchcraft in the woods, but is that the truth or is there something else going on that the community has yet to discover? “The Crucible” runs Feb. 24 and 25 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2 p.m.
In addition, LSWHS will present a children’s show on Oct. 8 and 9, “A Christmas Story” Dec. 16 – 18, a Revue on Feb. 17 and 18, a series of student-directed one-act plays April 7 and 8 and a repertory theatre murder mystery dinner theatre on April 21 and 22. Information about all LSWHS productions is available at www.lswtheatre.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 LSNHS Stage, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and 3.