All three Lee’s Summit R-7 high schools are presenting a variety of entertaining and top-quality productions during second semester. Second-semester theatre schedules follow including contact information and websites for each school.
Lee’s Summit High School will present Thornton Wilder’s American classic “Our Town,” Feb. 24-25 and March 3-5. “Our Town” is a metatheatrical play that tells the story of the fictional American small town of Grover’s Corners between 1901 and 1913 through the everyday lives of its citizens. Act one focuses on “Daily Life,” act two on “Love and Marriage” and act three on “Death and Dying.”
Next in the line-up is the LSHS Student-Directed One-Acts which take place March 31 and April 1. These shows are selected by our upperclass students who then direct the underclassman in fun and exciting short shows.
To close out the Lee’s Summit High School season on April 21 and 22, the Repertory Theatre production will present the moving play, “A Piece Of My Heart.” This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war-torn nation and ends as each leaves a personal token at the memorial wall in Washington.
Lee’s Summit North High School begins the spring with its second annual “Kidz in the Hall” variety show from the Repertory and International Baccalaureate Theatre students. The shows feature scenes, songs, skits and dessert. This fun-filled evening will be 7 p.m. Feb. 23. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.
Lee’s Summit North High School will present the inspirational play “Up the Down Staircase” at 7 p.m. April 7 and 8 and at 2 p.m. April 9. 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)
For tickets and information about any of the LSNHS shows, visit www.lsntheatre.net
or call (816) 986-3031.
Lee’s Summit West High School is presenting 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 revue, “Blame It on the Movies,” on Feb. 17 and 18, a series of student-directed one-act plays April 7 and 8 and a hilarious murder mystery dinner theatre, “Murder in the Knife Room,” 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.