Saturday, June 25, 2022

Get Schooled: Spring is the Musical Season for Local High Schools

Get Schooled IanArea high school students are memorizing lines and learning songs for another spring musical season in the Historic Triangle.

The students at Jamestown High School kicked off the 2015 season with a production of The Addams Family Musical last week.

Here is a rundown of all the upcoming performances, including show dates and times and background on each production.

Williamsburg-James City County Schools

Lafayette High School presents “42nd Street”

With a book by Mark Bramble and Michael Stewart, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Durbin, “42nd Street” is based on Bradford Ropes’s novel and the 1933 film of the same name. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1980, and for Best Revival in 2001. Featuring songs from the 1930s golden age of the Great White Way, the show follows famed Broadway director Julian Marsh’s attempt to stage a musical at the height of the Great Depression.

The production will open March 19 and runs through March 21. Shows are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

All tickets are $10. Call 565-4244 for more information.

Warhill High School presents “Shrek The Musical”

Inspired by the 2001 animated hit, “Shrek The Musical” features a book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire and music by Jeanine Tesori. The show debuted on Broadway in 2008, and follows the adventures of the moody ogre Shrek, his companion, Donkey, and a showcase of fairytale friends.

The show opens March 26 and runs through March 28. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $10. For pre-sale tickets, call 565-9100.

York County School Division

Tabb High School presents “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum”

With music and lyrics by the great Stephen Sondheim, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” has been entertaining audiences since its Broadway debut in 1962. The show won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Leading Actor for Zero Mostel. Based on the classical farces of the Roman playwright Plautus, the show follows the slave Pseudolus as he tries to win his freedom by helping his master court his love.

The production runs March 19 through 21, with showtimes at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $6, $8 and $10 depending on seat placement. For ticket information, call the school at 867-7400.

York High School Presents “The Who’s Tommy”

One of the first rock musicals, “The Who’s Tommy” is based on English rock band The Who’s 1969 double album rock opera “Tommy.” With music and lyrics by The Who bassist Pete Townshend, the musical captured six Tony Awards after its 1993 Broadway debut. The musical tells the story of Tommy, a deaf, blind and mute child who is also a pinball prodigy.

The production runs April 16 and 17 at 7 p.m., and April 18 at 3 and 7 p.m.

For ticket information, call the school at 898-0354.

Bruton High School presents “Gypsy”

With a book by Arthur Laurents and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, “Gypsy” has dazzled audiences since its stage debut in 1959. Based on the memoirs of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee, the show was nominated for seven Tony Awards and was adapted into the Academy Award-winning 1962 motion picture of the same name.

The musical follows Louise and her mother, Rose, as the younger woman chases fame as a burlesque dancer.

The show opens at 7 p.m. March 27 with shows continuing at 2 and 7 p.m. March 28.

Grafton High School presents “Little Women the Musical”

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s beloved 1869 novel of the same name, “Little Women” opened on Broadway in 2005 with a cast led by Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster. Like the book it is based on, the show follows the lives of the four March sisters – Amy, Beth, Meg and the precocious Jo – as they come of age during and after the American Civil War.

The production runs April 16 through 18. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $8 in advance at the school office and $10 at the door.


Williamsburg Christian Academy Receives $10,000 From Old Point National Bank

Old Point National Bank donated $10,000 to Williamsburg Christian Academy. (Courtesy Williamsburg Christian Academy)
Old Point National Bank donated $10,000 to Williamsburg Christian Academy. (Courtesy Williamsburg Christian Academy)

Old Point National Bank announced it is donating $10,000 to Williamsburg Christian Academy.

The sponsorship was announced at the school’s annual “Soar Like Eagles” luncheon at Colonial Heritage. This is the seventh year Old Point National Bank has served as presenting sponsor for the event.

Seven other sponsors will be honored for their contributions to WCA at the event.

The school’s third grade and middle school praise band will perform a song at the beginning of the event.

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