Springtime approaches and with that an influx of area high school musicals. I am always so impressed with the amount of talent and dedication these young adults present. This leads me to congratulate the cast and crew from Lake Placid’s recent production of Shrek: The Musical, directed by Kimberly Weems, choreography by Terpsie Toon, sets by Tom Dodd with lighting design by Bonnie Brewer and costumes by Kent Streed. The costumes were amazing, the set was beautiful and most importantly, those kids could move while belting out a song.
These high school musicals are pulling from the areas’ professional resources to continue teaching children the value of live performance while raising the bar with the high quality of entertainment. It takes bravery and dedication to perform in front of an audience and from what I’m learning a lot of passion on the part of the director, choreographer, musical director and parental volunteers. I applaud all the effort it has taken to make each play come alive for those of us in the audience. Thank you!
Mathew Sorensen directs this year’s Saranac Lake production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” with musical direction by Drew Benware and choreography by Katy VanAnden.
Loosely based on the teen fan frenzy of the late 50s that erupted with Elvis Presley’s military draft notification. “Bye Bye Birdie” showcases rock and roll star Conrad Birdie and his manager’s attempt for one last promotion before being shipped out. When a local girl is picked to receive Birdie’s last kiss, jealousy, love, some lively action, misunderstandings and some wonderful songs keep the action pertinent today. (Full discloser: My son is in this production.) The performance opens today (March 12) at the Saranac Lake High School auditorium with additional shows on March 13 and 14. All shows are at 7:30 pm with admission $10/adults and $8/students.
Then mark your calendars for Tupper Lake’s production of the award-winning musical “Hello Dolly” on March 19,20,21 at 7 pm and March 22 at 2 pm at the Tupper Lake High School Auditorium. Admission is $8/adults and $6/students and seniors. Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder, Tupper Lake’s Red and Black Players will bring widowed matchmaker Dolly Levi to life as she hatches plans to bring other people together, but is afraid to take a leap of faith herself. Mishaps and mayhem bring the story full circle as Dolly and her friends need to decide if love is worth letting go of fear. So let any remaining winter blues wash away and bring some music into your life. Enjoy your time at the theatre!