P-R-O-G-R-E-S-S, PROGRESS by Laura Keena

 

I am happy to say that our Teen Theatre production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is well underway! No little feat, I can assure you!!

 

In the course of our tech week we have added  a litany of elements; costumes, microphones, additional props, lighting, the live orchestra…it can get pretty crazy. My hope is that from rehearsal to rehearsal our students can not only retain the new information but also continue to develop their performances as we get closer to opening night…which is tonight!

 

The audience participation element of this show has been a real work in progress. Our fearless tech crew have been drafted into service on that front, which has turned out to be a priceless asset. Having our techies stand in has given the cast a sense of control over a part of the show that had previously felt a little scary.

 

I must say, my favorite example of progress is, in spite of what has felt like a fast and furious schedule, these young actors are dedicated enough to put in the extra work to make this show extraordinary.

I really H-O-P-E everyone who knows these talented teens sees this show. I’m delighted and proud to say that there are some genuinely great performances to see this weekend. Don’t miss it!! May 15th & 16th @ 7pm, 17th @ 5pm, 18th @ 3pm.

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M-Y-S-T-E-R-Y

     Brush up on your vocab skills, y’all!  We’re days away from opening And Then There Were None, but I’m already excited about starting our next Teen Theatre class.  The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has been one of my favorite shows since I saw it on Broadway while I was in college.  The music is awesome, the characters are devastatingly easy to identify with, and it’s just darned funny. This show is that perfect melding of side-splitting humor and excellent story telling.  I think it will be a wonderful challenge for all involved, on and off the stage.

     I am hugely excited to be working on this project alongside Brandon Kaufman and Corbin Hernandez! Brandon will be our Musical Director, but he will also be stepping out from behind the piano to Assistant Direct.  Corbin will be our Stage Manager, overseeing the technical aspects of the show, and running warm-ups for the cast.  We will focus a lot of warm-up time on honing our ad-libbing and improv skills, which are key in a show with audience participation.  You never know what can happen!

      The…Bee is open to high school students of all abilities. Classes begin March 11th, meeting every Tuesday and Thursday from 4pm-6pm, and the show opens on May 16th!  Registration forms can be found in the front office at SCT, or by clicking this link right here

     Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t implore you to catch this week’s Teen Theatre production of And Then There Were None! (Intrigue, murder and madness, oh my!)  Based on the best-selling mystery novel of all time, Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, this show will keep you guessing til the end! Starring Emily Edwards, Noah Edwards, Brennan Jones, Caitlin McCarthy, Catie Morris, Michelle Negley, Matt Weeks, Matthew White,  and Corinne Willis.  Four shows only!  Friday at 7pm; Saturday at 3pm and 7pm; Sunday at 3pm.  Come see some of the incredible young talent growing up at SCT.