This year we decided to switch things up a bit in the season, and the department decided to team up with the music department to bring an evening of over 25 songs from Broadway musicals. This was a huge project and it took over 6 months to create. All for one night of entertainment...now that's dedication to your art.
We had a great cast and crew...it truly was a technical feat!
The show turned out great!
It involved a lot of students and faculty. We had students from the Drama Dept., The Music Dept., Amen and Aladies, the Hixson Middle School Drama kids, and we even invited two students from Lindbergh HS to sing (one was Mr. Lockos's very own daugther Ayu)
Poster designed by Claire Gilb
The show was essentially assembled by Mr. Schaefer over most of first semester and into second. He talked with the faculty first. It was absolutely imperative that the other fine art teachers and acapella sponsors got on board. They helped make sure the large groups numbers were covered in the show.
Chamber Choir was a perfect fit for the music we needed. They performed two numbers and they really showed off their ability to handle tight harmonies on both their songs. Amen and Aladies also filled in the evening's roster with a very elaborate Lion King medley. Having all of those established groups participating in the show was awesome and they added so much to the event. The other numbers in the show were mostly duets and solos.
Mr. Schaefer spent some time reviewing old programs and asking all of the kids that had done musical theater with the Drama Department in the past if they'd interested in singing in the concert. If they expressed interest or were easily coaxed by a particular song he would suggest they sing...then he would add them to the roster. It didn't take long and the roster began to grow.
Our Mission With This Show Was Simple:
Sing as many songs from as many different shows as we can!
Lots of kids from choir and the acapella groups wanted a chance to sing a solo. This was a great opportunity for them to stand alone. There were many students who were not in either of the singing groups on campus formally but who wanted a shot on stage. They came to the Little Theater, tracked Mr. Schaefer down and requested a chance to sing a song for the show. We like when students come out for our projects. For this show we allowed the student time with a song so they could really learn it and then we'd ask that they come to the Little Theater to audition. They had to be able to sing it in tune. Mr.Schaefer and Mrs.Radick (our Musical Director) would be the final word. The other part of the audition involved seeing if the student could hold the auditorium stage and perform the song for a very large theater. This is not easy. Some students just weren't ready for this kind of show. After the audition they were either added to the roster or asked to audition again for future shows.
We were so fortunate to have a band backing up the singers. They were such a huge addition to the show.
Mrs. Linda Radick - Piano/Conductor
Clancey Newell - Drums
Kate Arendes - Guitar
We decided to use the Broadway Revue T-Shirt Design taken from when Jake Fruend (WG Alumni, class of 2009) produced one his senior year.
The cast list and song selection got finalized
only a few days before the show!
All of the technicians and designers worked really hard to keep the evening diverse. We tried to make sure the songs showed a variety of musical styles, time periods, and stage picture.
The rehearsal schedule gave each singer some time with our music director and the piano. This was done by putting the acts into rehearsal slots and the singers getting 10-15 minutes to run their material. This took place in the Little Theater, the choir room and in the Aud. We also worked on staging and the technical issues in those rehearsal as well. Costumes were mostly pulled from out stock or from the actors closet.
The Senior Display case the week of the show
The Cast and Song list
Ayu Lockos - “Aquarius” - Hair (opening number)
Courtney Degroot– “Good Morning Baltimore” - Hairspray
Rachel Kessler and Sabrina Clement “I Dreamed a Dream” - Les Mis
Allison Taylor - (Lindberg) – “Break” - Next to Normal
The Lion King (medley/mashup) – A-Men /A-Ladies
Abby Ford – “Think of Me” – Phantom
Abby Ford – “Think of Me” – Phantom
Sophie Sears and Garrett Doria “A Whole New World” - Aladdin
Dennis Allen - “My Girl” - Motown
Grace Ortstudt, Allison Huff, Isabella, Ayu Lockos – “Hard Knock Life” – Annie
Imani/Alyssa/Chandler/Essence– Medley – Dreamgirls
Bobbie Drexl – “Santa Fe” - Newsies
Sarah Addison/Bethany Conerly “Some Things Were Meant to Be” - Little Women
Jack Wight – “Apology to a Cow” - Bat Boy
WGHS Chamber Choir—“Ragtime”—Ragtime
Hannah Leatherbarrow – “Lyda Rose” – Music Man
Liz Drollinger /Aerin Johnson - “Sisters” – White X-mas
Bridget Kahrhoff –“Maybe This Time” — Cabaret
Robbie Morefield and Bobby Drexl—“Are you there?” - Bare
Jamie Noble and Todd Schaefer—“Take Me or Leave Me” - Rent
Sarah Addison, Robbie Morefield, Erin Stantion—“The I Love You Song” -
25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Hannah Leatherbarrow—“Worst Pies in London” - Sweeney Todd
Rachel Reilly, Erin Stanton—“I Will Never Leave You” - Side Show
WGHS Chamber Choir—“I Believe” - Spring Awakening
Ensemble—“Time Warp” - Rocky Horror Picture Show
***WATCH the Amen and Aladies Lion King Medley!!!
Phoebe Diselets, Ayu Lockos, Sarah Addison, and Charlie Sears backstage during the show. They have all worked together on stage before so this was a nice reunion for these four performers.
The Show was presented in the Jerry R. Knight Auditorium
We closed the balcony in the Auditorium and only sat the floor to bring the audience closer together. The admission was $12 a ticket (this was a department fundraiser) We had about 250 people come out for the event and they were very responsive. The higher cost ticket was a risk, but in the end we made some money for the department and season's budget. The show did have some production costs, but in the end we tried to make as much use of our stock as we could to keep the production costs low.
The Drama parents were awesome and provided our huge variety of concessions. Coach Ice even brought down a popcorn machine to add to the fun!
PR and Marketing
We started doing yard signs for our Spring production and they do help sell tickets. The more we can get the show info in front of the student body the better we sell. These are placed in front of Junior and Senior entrance.
Alison O'Brien getting the word out!
We made about 12 hand painted banners and marquees for the show. These were put all over the school to help get the word out. Tickets were offered at a discount if you bought them early.
We used set pieces, drops, some props built for the scene, costumes for most of the numbers.
Lighting designed by Jonah Schnell
with help on the projections from Jacob Noce.
Special thanks to all of the helpers that came out to hang and focus lights for the show. This was a very elaborate show and we added a lot of special lighting to make it look great. We couldn't have done it without the man power.
The lights and set for the Peter Pan scene The lights and set for Ragtime
Scenic Design - The two Technical Theater Classes
Special thanks to all of the people who came in an helped paint the set and all of the props for the show. There were many days spent working to get it all done in time.
The church scene in Bare The lampost for Music Man and Les Miz Hand props for Lion King
Kate and Hannah pose on the the set for a picture. This set was built for the song from Next to Normal called
Hannah Leatherbarrow sang "The Worst Pies in London" from Sweeeny Todd
Written by Kate Arendes (pictured here holding a fake Tony Award), the Broadway Revue had a bunch of connected sketches that played out on the side of the proscenium as the musical acts to get prepared to go on or to allow more time for the mics to be changed to another performer. The sketches were all set in an old man's apartment down stage right (like Drowsy Chaperone). They were funny and charming. It gave our writer a chance to try a new style and to work around a lot of restrictions of time.
The Director and Cast of the narrator sketches The set for the old man's apartment
Alison O'Brien backstage with Justin Comegys in drag as Annie for the sketches
Thanks to everyone who came out to the show!
Please keep supporting the WG Drama Department
and those who make LIVE art!