Spring has sprung, which means its time again for Williamsburg James City County School’s lineup of toe-tapping musicals. Let these students take you from the depths of the ocean to an adventure in a tropical rain-forest, and from tears to laughter. So pull up a seat, and be sure not to miss any of the “drama.”
First up this season is Little Women, presented by Lois S. Hornsby Middle School’s Theater Department. Little Women is a coming of age story of four sisters and their mother living in New England during the Civil War. It follows the girls throughout their lives, and Matthew Sanderson, the theater teacher and director of the play, said he chose the story because it fit the personality of the students performing it.
“(Little Women) was one of the absolute perfect stories for us to tell,” Sanderson said. “I also felt as though the story itself is so powerful that it was something the community could really benefit from.”
The opening week before the play, also known as “tech week,” has been busy for Sanderson, but he said he’s gotten a lot of help and support from his wife and from parents. Since the play is an extracurricular activity, students cannot use class time to build sets. Everything from practice to costumes is done after school hours and over the weekends. Sanderson said he and his wife have spent every Saturday at the school this year making costumes and props
“But the students have been great, they’ve really stepped up,” he said.
Sanderson had one thing he wanted students and the audience to take away from the play, and that was a quote from Louis May Alcott, the author of Little Women: “We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.”
The play runs through Sunday. The performances are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children and are available at the door.
High School Musical
From March 9-10, Bruton High School will perform High School Musical, the story of how a top school athlete and a star student learn to break stereotypes and express themselves through music.
Performances are at 7 p.m. March 9 and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on March 10. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.
The Little Mermaid
Berkeley Middle School Theatre Department’s production of the Little Mermaid runs March 16-18. Berkeley students will bring to life the story of a mermaid who gives up her voice for a chance to walk on land and find true love.
Performances are at 7 p.m March 16; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 17 and 2 p.m. March 18. Tickets are $10 and $6 for children, students and seniors. The March 17 matinee has a special children's ticket price of $5.
Next month, Jamestown High School’s Theatre Department will perform Big Fish April 12-14. Big Fish is the story of a son trying to separate the truth from the myth of his father’s life.
Performances are at 7 p.m. April 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 14. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. You can order tickets in advance by calling 259-3644.
Mary Poppins the Broadway Musical
Lafayette High School will perform Mary Poppins, the story of a nanny who brings the gift of joy to two lucky children April 19-21.
Performances are at 7 p.m April 19 and 20 and 2 p.m and 7 p.m April 21. All ticket are reserved seating and are $10. You can purchase a ticket by calling 565-4244.
From May 3-5, Warhill High School will perform Tarzan, a play based on the Disney animated film of a man raised by apes in the middle of a rain forest. His world is changed forever when he meets other humans for the first time.
Performances are at 7 p.m. May 3 and 4 and 2 p.m and 7 p.m. May 5. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. You can call 565-4615 to purchase tickets.
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