All three Lee’s Summit R-7 School District 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 (TBA) that will take the stage Oct. 13th and 14th.
This year’s musical takes us to the city of Paris for “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame” on Nov. 10, 11 and 17-19. Based on Victor Hugo’s original novel and using an Alan Menken score with both new songs and songs from the animated movie, the audience will experience the story of Quasimodo, Esmerelda and more through the use of story theatre. This moving story explores the value of the beauty that is found on the inside of people.
The LSHS season will continue Feb. 23-24 and March 2-4 with a winter comedy play. This show title is yet to be announced!
To close out the Lee’s Summit High School season on April 20 and 21 the Repertory Theatre class will be presenting their stage play. The Repertory Theatre class choses this piece as part of their class, and the title will be announced during the school year.
Additional smaller performances throughout our year are also scheduled. The Repertory Revue Show on Feb. 2 and 3 are cabaret-style performances with refreshments and fun. On April 6 and 7, upperclassmen present the Student Directed One-Acts with students selecting one acts, casting underclassmen and preparing these short plays.
Lee’s Summit North High School leads off their season with the children’s musical, “Sleepy Hollow,” a show alive with action, excitement and dynamic music. When an inane schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, comes to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow, he brings with him all his worldly possessions as he seeks a well-to-do wife. He’s sure his dream will come true when he spots the striking Katrina Van Tassel. Sadly for poor Ichabod, the boisterous Brom Bones is Katrina’s extremely jealous boyfriend. Matters are complicated even more as the ghostly graveyard is haunted by a host of tense spirits, including the Headless Horseman, the most renowned phantom of all. This suspenseful musical is filled with a variety of songs that fit the bill and is suitable for all age groups (rated – G). Performances are at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 15.
North’s season continues with a true story based on the Dreamworks film and brought to the stage in musical form, “Catch Me If You Can.” This high-flying musical comedy is about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abagnale Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Frank successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When Frank’s lies catch the attention of the FBI his cross-country chase begins. (Rated – PG) The show runs at 7 p.m. Nov 10, 11, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12.
LSNHS will conclude its season with a family favorite, “Lion King, Jr.”. Disney’s “The Lion King” has captivated the imagination of audiences around the world and now, audiences have the opportunity to witness this one-of-a-kind musical on the LSNHS stage. The African savannah comes to life on stage with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle… and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. (Rated – G) This musical treat will be offered at 7 p.m. Feb. 9, 10, 16 and 17 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 11.
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 2017-18 season with the hilarious comedy “Boeing Boeing.” Bernard is a bachelor with a beautiful apartment in Paris and three equally beautiful girlfriends from around the world who know nothing about each other. What happens when these three stewardesses all end up in Paris on the very same day? This show will run at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 and 2.
LSWHS continues the year with the hilarious classic musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.” The musical follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook called “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, tackling such familiar but potent dangers as the aggressively compliant “company man,” the office party, backstabbing co-workers, caffeine addiction and, of course, true love. “How to Succeed in Business…” runs at 7 p.m. Nov. 3, 4, 10 and 11 and at 2 p.m Nov. 12.
West’s main-stage season will conclude with two plays in February. The first is the hilarious comedy, “The Odd Couple: Female Version.” Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison that is. Ms. Madison has invited the girls over for an evening of Trivial Pursuit. Florence is forced to move in with disorganized friend Olive. How will these two such unlikely friends survive living together? What follows is a hilarious evening of comedy centered that is sure to leave you in stitches. “The Odd Couple: Female Version” runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 and 3 and 2 p.m. Nov. 4. The second production is a stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This production will be produced in conjunction with the Lee’s Summit West English Language Arts Department. Scout, a young girl in a quiet southern town, is about to experience the dramatic events that will affect the rest of her life. She and her brother, Jem, are being raised by their widowed father, Atticus, and by a strong minded housekeeper, Calpurnia. Wide-eyed Scout is fascinated with the sensitively revealed people of her small town, but, from the start, there’s a rumble of thunder just under the calm surface of the life here. If you love the book, this is a must see production for you. “To Kill a Mockingbird” runs at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 25.
In addition, LSWHS will present two children’s shows on Oct. 14 and 15, “Tuna Christmas” and “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays” Dec. 15-17, a Revue on Feb. 16 and 17, a series of student-directed one-act plays March 15 and 16, and a repertory theatre murder mystery dinner theatre on April 20 and 21. Information about all LSWHS productions is available at www.lswtheatre.net. Tickets for all plays will be $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Musical tickets will be $9 in advance and $10 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 LSWHS Stage, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2.