Not only is it a crazy week for music fans, there’s plenty of theater as well, with an emphasis on Juneau’s young actors.
Perseverance Theatre will open “Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls,” their final mainstage production of the season. Juneauites can also catch shows at both high schools and a comedy by Perseverance’s Young Company. Here’s a look at each one.
Perseverance Theatre: “Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls”
First up, Perseverance Theatre will premiere “Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls,” opening May 4. Directed by New York artist Elizabeth Lucas, this production features local Juneau performers Salissa Thole, Patricia Hull, Jerry Demmert, Allison Holtkamp, Erika Rothchild, Ryan Curley and Rick Silaj. The cast also includes four professional actors from Anchorage and the lower 48: Rachel Landon, Eric Cover, Keith McCoy and Enrique Bravo.
The story involves Bernie Bernstein, who, while writing a documentary on Bigfoot, comes into contact with a range of characters, including a Bigfoot expert and his wife, two FBI agents and a fugitive Weatherman.
Parents should be aware that this show contains adult language and themes.
Music and lyrics are by Tony-award winning composer Mark Hollmann, and the original story is by Adrien Royce. Steven Gross and Rob Cohen lead the singers and the band. Art Rotch, Akiko Nishijima Rotch, Rory Stitt and Christina Rumery round out the design team.
“Bigfoot and Other Lost Souls” runs from May 4 to May 27 with performances Thursday through Sunday at 7:30 p.m, and a closing 2 p.m. matinee Sunday, May 27.
For more information, call Perseverance Theatre at 463-TIXS or visit www.perseverancetheatre.org.
JDHS Theatre Department: “The Hallelujah Girls,”
The JDHS Theatre Department opens their spring play, “The Hallelujah Girls,” tonight, with shows continuing through next Saturday.
Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Whooten, “The Hallelujah Girls” centers on a group of feisty females from Eden Falls, Ga., who gather every Friday at Spa-Dee-Dah, an abandoned church-turned-day-spa. After the loss of a dear friend, the women, led by Sugar Lee, realize time is precious and if they’re going to change their lives and achieve their dreams they have get moving.
Directed by Michaela Moore, the play stars JDHS students Megan Wright, Ellen Dyar, Ariana Orford, Ashleigh Watt, Marina McDowell, Brita Fagerstrom, Darian Perov, Melissa Bowhay, Ben Krall, Max Blust and Nathan Webber. Zeb Bodine is narrator, as well as stage manager.
The play includes poetry by Maya Angelou and seven modern dance numbers, choreographed by JDHS student Madison Truitt. Dancers are Madison Truitt, Jessica Jones, Caitlyn Hyatt, Claire Dyar, Harmony Wentz and Arianna Paul.
Stage crew includes Roxie Hildebrand, Robert Newman, Seth Bodine, David Mendivil, Ellis Notmeyer and Megan McAllister, as well as set and lighting designer: Bo Anderson and costume designer Julie Dyar.
All proceeds from this show will go to help raise funds for the theater department’s upcoming trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest performing arts festival, held every August in Edinburgh, Scotland. The JDHS group was invited to participate by the American High School Theatre Festival, which selects the top high school theater programs in the country, based on their most recent bodies of work, awards, community involvement, philosophies, and recommendations. Just being invited by the AHSTF is an honor in itself -- but that’s just the beginning. Each nominated school must then apply for a position in the AHSTF -- a highly competitive process. According to an article published in August 2010 in The Guardian, only 48 out of 2,200 AHSTF applicants were selected to participate in 2010.
JDHS hopes to raise enough money to bring 15 students to Scotland, where the group will perform a play of their choice (yet to be determined) four times at the Festival Fringe. The more money they raise, the more students they can take. Toward this end, in addition to ticket sales, they will be selling baked goods and flowers during performances, and will offer special sales and give-aways. Tonight’s performance is a special “Spa Night” show, which features spa give-aways in door prizes. Ladies are encouraged to wear PJs and robes. Shows continue Friday, May 4, next Friday, May 11, and Saturday May 12. All performances begin at 7 p.m. in the JDHS auditorium.
For more information, visit www.jdhsdrama.com.
TMHS Drama Department: “WriteOn!
The Thunder Mountain High School English and drama departments and the education wing of Perseverance Theatre will present an evening of one-act plays this Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. in the TMHS auditorium.
The plays are the end result of a playwright project called WriteOn!, led by teaching artists Shona Strauser and Marisa Marquez. Strauser and Marquez worked with students in Kristin Garot’s English classes to write the plays. Four of these works will be staged Saturday, and will be performed by students.
Tickets are available from jahc.org, at Hearthside Books, and at the door.
Perseverance Theatre’s Young Company: “The Clumsy Custard Horror Show”
Perseverance Theatre’s Young Company will present William Gleason’s wacky comedy “The Clumsy Custard Horror Show,” May 3-6 on the Second Stage.
Performed by young actors ages 10 and up, this comedy tells the story of King Dumb, who is ready for his daughter to select a husband. Though all the Knights of the Realm are anxious to claim her hand, the sweet Princess Prince has fallen for a gentle yet courageous lad she assumes to be a pauper. Not so! Little does she know that this scruffy stranger is Swashbuck Valpariso, bearer of the magic sword and Master of Fast Feet.
Audience members should be prepared to do more than watch.
“The Clumsy Custard Horror” Show will run for from May 3-6 with performances Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at Hearthside Books, at the door, online or by calling 463-TIXS.