All three Lee’s Summit R-7 School District high schools are planning for an exciting theater season with productions beginning in September and running through next spring.
The high schools also recently participated in the Blue Star awards program, presented by Starlight theater and Blue Cross/Blue Shield to honor the best high-school musical theater in the Kansas City metropolitan area.
R-7 students and schools were nominated for 13 awards in the program. Patrick Graham of Lee’s Summit North High School won Outstanding Actor in a Lead Role for “Sweeney Todd.”
Lee’s Summit High School will kick off the holiday season with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” scheduled for Nov. 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24. This holiday classic follows two World War II vets and their song and dance act as they end up following a couple of beautiful sisters to Vermont. While there they decide they can help out their old general.
This winter LSHS will bring “Clue: The Musical” to the stage. Based on the board game and 1985 movie, this campy musical is sure to have you laughing. Was it Ms. Scarlet or Professor Plum? Was it in the study or the billiard room, with the knife or lead pipe?
This interactive audience experience will have you guessing as you fill out your game card. You can use your deduction skills to solve the mystery Feb. 21 through 22 and Feb. 28 through March 2.
Tickets for all LSHS shows are available at www.lshstheater.com on the box office web page or you may contact 816- 986-2059 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or group reservations.
Lee’s Summit North High School leads off with “Shrek the Musical,” based on the Oscar-winning Dreamworks film that started it all.
The show is part romance, part twisted fairytale, and all irreverent fun for everyone. Performances are at 7 p.m. Nov. 8, 9, 15 and 16 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10.
North’s season continues with the classic Arthur Miller play “All My Sons.” This gripping drama will stay with you long after you leave the theater.
The play runs at 7 p.m. March 7 and 8 and at 2 p.m. March 9.
LSNHS will conclude its season with William Shakespeare’s beloved “Much Ado About Nothing.”
Retold for stage and screen, this timeless work examines the games we play when love is at stake. The play will be offered at 7 p.m. April 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. April 13.
For tickets and information about any of the three LSNHS shows, visit www.lsntheater.com or call (816) 986-3031.
Lee’s Summit West High School will open its 2013-14 season with William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
This classic tale focuses on three sets of unique characters who meet each other in the magical world of the woods and the chaos that ensues when that magic goes astray. The play will run at 7:30 p.m. October 4, 5 and 12 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 13.
LSWHS continues the year with a modern take on a holiday classic. “Humbug” tells the story of cold-hearted miser Eleanor Scrooge and her transformation during the holiday season. “Humbug” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 and 14 and at 2:30 p.m. Dec 14 and 15.
West’s main-stage season will conclude with the classical big band musical, “Anything Goes” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15 and at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16. The musical, featuring the music of Cole Porter, focuses on a group of passengers aboard the S.S. American and the antics that ensue when an escaped con joins them for their journey.
In addition, LSWHS will present a series of student-directed one-act plays April 5 and 6 and a repertory theater production on April 11, 12 and 13. Information about all LSWHS productions is available at www.westsidestage.com. Tickets for all plays will be $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Musical tickets will be $8 in advance and $9 at the door.
All three high schools will also present yet-to-be-announced productions at the school district’s One-Act Play Festival to be performed on the LSNHS Stage, scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7.