There’s nothing like a high school theater production for inexpensive entertainment in the fall, winter or spring.
For those interested in partaking, the three public high schools in Lee’s Summit have announced their theater schedules for upcoming academic year. The first show will be presented before Labor Day.
In addition to the events listed below, all three high schools will present yet-to-be-announced productions at the R-7 district’s One-Act Play Festival, to be performed Dec. 1-2 at Lee’s Summit West High School.
Here’s the rundown on productions at each school:
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Lee’s Summit High School
Oct. 13-14: The school will kick off the season with a children’s show.
Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18 and 19: This year’s musical is “The Hunchback Of Notre Dame,” which explores the value of beauty found on the inside of people. Based on Victor Hugo’s novel and using an Alan Menken score with new songs and songs from the animated movie, the audience will experience the story of Quasimodo, Esmerelda and others through the use of story theater.
Feb. 2-3: Repertory Revue Show with cabaret-style performances and refreshments.
Feb. 23-24 and March 2-4: A winter comedy.
April 6-7: Upperclassmen present Student Directed One-Acts with students selecting the pieces, casting underclassmen and preparing the short plays.
April 20-21: The Repertory Theatre class presents its stage play, which is chosen as part of the class. The title will be announced during the school year.
Lee’s Summit North High School
Oct. 13-15: “Sleepy Hollow” is a children’s musical about an inane schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, who comes to the farming community of Sleepy Hollow with all his possessions as he seeks a well-to-do wife.
Nov. 10, 11, 12, 17 and 18: “Catch Me If You Can” tells a true story based on the DreamWorks film of the same name. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abagnale Jr., runs away from home and successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer - living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. Then he catches the FBI’s attention
Feb. 9, 10, 11,16 and 17: The season concludes with “Lion King, Jr.” The show brings the African savannah to life with Simba, Rafiki and others who journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again.
Lee’s Summit West High School
Sept. 1 and 2: The hilarious “Boeing Boeing” features bachelor Bernard, who has a beautiful apartment in Paris and three equally beautiful girlfriends who know nothing about each other. What happens when the three flight attendants all end up in Paris on the same day?
Oct. 14-15: “Tuna Christmas.” Great for the kids.
Dec. 15-17: “The Game’s Afoot or Holmes for the Holidays,” also appropriate for the whole family.
Nov. 3, 4, 10,11 and 12: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” is a musical that follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch, who uses a little handbook to climb from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.
Feb. 2-4: “The Odd Couple: Female Version” gives us Florence Unger and Olive Madison as the roommates with distinctly different approaches to life.
Feb. 16-17: A Revue will be presented.
Feb. 23-25: The stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” will be produced in conjunction with the Lee’s Summit West English Language Arts Department.
April 20-21: Murder mystery dinner theater presented by repertory theater students.
Learn more at www.lswtheatre.com.