STAGE SET FOR ENTERTAINING THEATER YEAR

September 10, 2012
 
The Drowsy Chaperone
 
Theater Granbury students are busy setting the stage for entertaining theater arts performances during the 2012-13 school year.
 
Granbury High School theater students are currently working on its fall production ofThe Drowsy Chaperone, an entertaining story about a musical theater fan who plays his favorite cast album on his home turntable – only to find the musical bursting to life in his living room. Performances are set for November 8 and 10-11.
 
 Freshmen at Crossland Ninth Grade Center will perform Take Five this fall. The comedy includes “an actor on opening night trying to perform on a set that isn't completed. Then one actor doesn't show up, a man from the audience uses [a] stage phone to argue with his wife, the props either don't work or are missing, the lighting and sound cues are off and two silly, [and there are] incompetent stagehands.”
 
Pirate Players at Acton Middle School will present the fall musical Thoroughly Modern Millie on December 7-8. Set in 1920’s New York City, the story follows young Millie Dillmount, who just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. With plenty of intrigue and jazz, the spirited musical romp has of all of New York dancing the Charleston.
 
Granbury Middle School eighth graders are also planning a yet-to-be named fall production in either November or December.
 
Advanced theater arts students at GHS will perform selected scenes from notable plays during Dessert Bar Theatre on December 18. The scenes are performed in black box theatre-style and are academic in nature.
 
In the spring semester, high school students will be assisting with the choir musical Beauty and the Beast on February 8-10. As with all GHS productions, technical theater classes will be constructing the set, hanging the lights, and serving on the production crews.
 
Both high school and middle school troupes will compete in one-act play contests in March.
 
GHS students will wrap up the year with Noises Off on May 4-5. The comedic farce gives the audience a rare opportunity to see a madcap group of actors on stage and behind the curtain – complete with dueling egos, love triangles, missed cues, and slamming doors.
 
Theater arts teachers are: GHS – Phil Groeschel; GHS and Crossland – Krista Alcorn; AMS – Melissa Kendall; and GMS – Terri Willson.
 
Pictured above is Natalie Willingham (center) with the cast and ensemble of The Drowsy Chaperone during rehearsals in early July.