Dana Oheme, Ellie Radabaugh and Maya Ursem rehearse a scene for “Alice in Wonderland.”
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BRUNSWICK — A production of “Alice in Wonderland” will kick off the 2018-19 season for the Brunswick High School Theatre Department.
This year, the season will start with the children’s show, which travels around to all of the Brunswick elementary schools to perform for students. Choral director Zach Pytel leads this production, adapted by Peter Cookcroft from Lewis Carroll’s classic story, that tells a simplified version to make it enjoyable for younger children.
There is also a public performance set for 11 a.m. Sept. 29 in the Concord Little Theater.
The theater department performs four shows every school year, including the children’s show, fall drama, winter musical, and spring comedy.
At the beginning of this school year, an informational meeting is held for students to find out ways to get involved, as well as the announcement of the season. \The meeting was presented by the main directors for this season, which include Cassie Lucas, theater and language arts teacher, Ray Luttner, speech and film literature teacher, and Pytel.
The next production will be the fall drama, which will “The Great Gatsby” adapted by Simon Levy and directed by Lucas. Students are excited about this show, as they are familiar with the story because it is required reading for junior students.
In February, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” will be performed as the winter musical.
“I was in the mood to do a ‘big’ show and I felt that you can’t get much bigger than ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ “ said Luttner. “I also wanted to do a show that would have considerable appeal to younger audiences. It’s always a unique challenge to create new elements from a work that is so well-known.
“Hopefully, we can discover something during the process that makes the show fresh and exciting to the audience.”
The season will end with “While the Lights Were Out” by Jack Sharkey as the spring comedy.
This play takes place as a series of murder mysteries, with a comedic twist. Lucas will also direct this production.Besides the main productions, the department also hosts numerous other activities throughout the year for students to get involved with as thespians.
At the end of September, there is a Commedia dell’arte Workshop, which is a style of Italian improv. There is also an annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition in December, where students go head-to-head to try to move on to the regional and national level.
Finally, at the end of the year, the department takes a field trip to see a show in Cleveland.
Some shows they have seen in the past include “Something Rotten!” and “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”
“The part of theater I have always found most interesting is how a show could go from essentially nothing to a complete product, with sets and costumes,” said Cassidy Green, senior and thespian.
“I love seeing how everyone develops and brings light to their character; it’s absolutely amazing.”
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