This weekend sees 2015 spring semester high school theater getting into swing with several musicals and a play on tap. Here’s a look at what’s coming up, with a little interesting info on each show — there are some enticing shows coming up.
SCAPA: 42nd Street. When the Lexington Theatre Company announced this would be its inaugural production this summer, we said it would be a tall order, even for the pro troupe. How do high schoolers pull it off? A little help from Diana Evans is one answer. The results will be on stage this weekend. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Feb. 27, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 28. Lexington Opera House. $17 adults, $14 students and ages 65 and older.
Tates Creek High School. Grease. Talk about working both ends of the clock. WUKY reporter Karyn Czar, who you hear each day on Morning Edition, is directing this production (she has a pretty strong theatrical resume herself). And she brought in another ringer, with acoUstiKat Ron Wilbur singing Teen Angel. Still, this is one of the ideal shows for high schools, so it’s a chance to see future stars shine. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 to 28, 2:30 p.m. March 1. Tates Creek High School.
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. Legally Blonde — The Musical Jr. Lexingtonian Laura Bell Bundy received a Tony Award nomination for creating the role of Elle Woods on Broadway. And her cousin, Addy Bell, is bringing the role to the Dunbar stage along with Ashton Elaine Stathis, as they share the role. When LBB was in town in January, she slipped over to Dunbar to work with the cast. 7 p.m. March 18 to 20, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 21, 2 p.m. March 22. Dunbar High School.
Bryan Station High School. Seussical the Musical. Bryan Station has been out of the high school musical and drama game, for the most part, recently. But this year, former Lexington Children’s Theatre staffer Amie Kisling joined the Station faculty and is getting things revived quickly, including a third-place finish at last fall’s Kentucky Theatre Association high school theater festival. 7 p.m. March 19 and 20, 2 and 7 p.m. March 21. $7 adults, $5 students. Bryan Station High School. *
Lafayette High School. The Addams Family. Yes, it will be spring when this production rolls around. But there’s never a wrong time to get creepy, kooky and ookey with Gomez, Morticia and their family. This is the recent Broadway version that rolled through Lexington a few years ago on the Broadway Live series. 7 p.m. April 16 to 18, 1 p.m. April 19. $15 reserved, $12 adults, $10 students.
Henry Clay High School. Bad Auditions By Bad Actors; a comedy by Ian McWethy. Henry Clay is not presenting a musical this year, but has this comedy that sounds like a lot of fun. A director is attempting to cast a production of Romeo and Juliet to save a community theater with dim prospects that include “a ventriloquist, a girl who pretends she’s a cat, and someone who has somehow never heard of Shakespeare.” 7 p.m. April 23 to 25, 2 p.m. April 26. $8 adults, $5 students.
Are you associated with a Central Kentucky high school theater program and raising your fist to the heavens shouting, “My high school has a show too!”? (Come on, be dramatic. You have some association with theater.) Don’t get mad. Get on email and send me notice with showtimes, dates, location and ticket prices at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll try to make these posts a regular thing.