The featured image in this blog post is the in-progress scenic design [100% student led] for the 5th Annual Night on Broadway event. A night of music and dancing and celebration. We’d love for you all to celebrate with us at this student-led collaboration between the La Salle Pride Alliance and the International Thespian Honor Society. Curtain is at 7:00pm on on Tuesday, May 24th.

Speaking of this next week…it’s a milestone in that it’s the final week of classes for the class of 2022.

I’ll just leave that there because I’m too emotional in this moment to say any more than that. What a gift this year has been! What an immense challenge and incredible gift it has been.

Speaking of wrap up events the LAST official theater related event is the 4th Annual Arts Awards Ceremony June 2 at 7:00pm in the La Salle Theater. This is a whole family event and is a nice time to reflect on the past year, to honor both student academic and artistic achievement, acknowledge students who have qualified for induction into the honor society and present the newly elected ITS student leadership team who will be serving this next school year.

Because it’s theater the awards ceremony is presented Tony Awards style. There’s some MC’s, some scene and musical performances, improv, jokes and of course the awards…fingers crossed, maybe even an announcement of shows for our upcoming season! 🙂

Since I’ve brought up our upcoming season…for those who may not have access to the All Things Theater Schoology page here’s a copy and paste of the show options for next school year. [These were shared on the ATT page.]

FALL FULL LENGTH OPTIONS

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows the story of Christopher Boone, a 15 year old, who is exceptional at Maths but finds people confusing. The play opens with Christopher discovering a dead dog in his neighbour, Mrs Shears’, garden. Despite his father, Ed, warning Christopher not to get involved, Christopher decides to investigate the death of the dog. In doing so he discovers that his mother is not dead as his father had told him, but alive and well, living in London. He also discovers that it was his father who killed the dog.

Christopher feels that his father is a murderer, who he cannot trust. He can no longer live with him and so he bravely travels to London to find his mother. Christopher has difficulty settling into his new life in London and returns to Swindon to take his A-level Maths exam. The play ends with him passing the exam and the realisation that he can do anything he puts his mind to.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVrOsXhG61Q 

  • Radium Girls 

In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, Radium Girls traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors could have anything to do with the terrifying rash of illnesses among his employees. As the case goes on, however, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation, but with her own family and friends, who fear that her campaign for justice will backfire.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnuCcqg505I

  • Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic

Puffs is the story of Wayne Hopkins: a regular boy who finds out he’s a wizard and goes to school in England where he makes two best friends and has adventures. This perhaps sounds familiar. But, Wayne is sorted as a Puff, he and the other Puffs simply want to learn how to be wizards and avoid attacks by evil wizards.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_T6OX2JagI

  • Eurydice

In Eurydice, Sarah Ruhl reimagines the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEJxHFKIVqg

  • Lost Girl 

An exploration of love, loss, identity and magic, Lost Girl continues the story of J.M. Barrie’s beloved character – the girl who had to grow up. Long after she last saw Peter fly through her bedroom window, Wendy decides that she must find him in order to reclaim her kiss and move on with her life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vf09QH9CPF4

FALL ITS | THEATER and OTHER EVENTS

OPEN MIC NIGHT 1

NIGHT ON BROADWAY

WINTER FULL LENGTH

  • Advanced Acting and Production Show OR
  • Senior Capstone Show
  • Winter One Festival OR 
  • Dual Production with a Professional Company

OPEN MIC NIGHT 2

ITS REGIONAL FESTIVAL

SPRING MUSICAL OPTIONS

  • The Sound of Music

Based on the true story of the Von Trapp Family Singers, this play captures a personal tale of growth and hope amidst the horrors of World War II. The Sound of Music tells the tale of young postulant Maria Rainer, whose free spirit has trouble fitting into the rules and regulations of Nonnberg Abbey. Commissioned by the Mother Abbess to serve as the governess for seven motherless children, Maria transforms the Von Trapp family home from a place of dour rules and regulations to one filled with joy, with laughter, and with music. In the process, Maria wins the hearts of all seven children–and their widower father, Captain Von Trapp. With the Mother Abbess’ blessing, and to the children’s delight, Maria follows her heart, and Maria and the Captain marry. Upon returning home from their honeymoon, Maria and the Captain learn that their beloved Austria has been taken over by the Nazis, and the retired Captain is asked to report for immediate service in the Nazi Navy. When the Nazis show up at their door to take Captain Von Trapp away, it is a family singing engagement (wily navigated by their friend Max) that buys the family time to make their narrow escape.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW3FE1MQSPw

  • Prometheus

A new musical retelling of the Greek tale of Prometheus. This is a new musical and the producers are based here in Portland and looking to collaborate with a local high school as part of the process and the journey to, fingers crossed, hopefully make it to Broadway.

  • Matilda: the Musical

The musical’s narrative centres on Matilda, a precocious 5-year-old girl with the gift of telekinesis, who loves reading, overcomes obstacles caused by her family and school, and helps her teacher to reclaim her life.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RUb7-9IDE-0

  • Little Women: the Musical

Based on Louisa May Alcott‘s 1868–69 semi-autobiographical two-volume novel, it focuses on the four March sisters— traditional Meg, wild, aspiring writer Jo, timid Beth and romantic Amy,— and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts, while their father is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IALcpgI1xfc&t=194s 

  • Addams Family: the Musical

A Broadway musical based on the acclaimed ghoulish family created by Charles Addams in single panel gag cartoons in early 20th century newspapers. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jum02Ku4ylU&t=222s 

  • Anastasia: the Musical

The musical adapts the legend of Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, who could have escaped the execution of her family. Years later, an amnesiac orphan named Anya hopes to find some trace of her family by siding with two con men who wish to take advantage of her likeness to the Grand Duchess.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RUnMYV1WKQ&t=131s

SPRING ITS | THEATER and OTHER EVENTS

  • 5th Annual One-Act Festival [if not done in the winter.]
  • Artists Aiding Artists
  • 5th Annual Awards Celebration

 

WE PUT A GOOGLE FORM on Schoology so students could share their votes on next season. The way the show selection process works is that I will look at 3-5 shows in the fall and spring that could work in our space, with the student body we have available, the budget and other resources we have available and make a short list of shows. Perusal scripts are ordered so admin can look through the options and we can chat about any questions or concerns or ideas or directions in which they are leaning. Once there is a thumbs up from Admin I’ll thoughtfully consider and make a final determination for the season. Based on the student votes it looks like the shows they’re MOST interested in are:

FALL:

Eurydice and Puffs [separated by a single vote] AND

SPRING:

THE ADDAMS FAMILY & THE SOUND OF MUSIC [Like in the fall separated by a single vote.]

Let’s wrap this up with a few more tasty morsels.

First, did you miss Mamma Mia!? Had such a great time you’d like to see it again? Have out of town family and friends who’d jump at the change to watch it on youtube? Well, then today is your lucky day. Below are the youtube links to Act 1 & Act 2 of MAMMA MIA! * PLEASE NOTE – we set up a camera but we did NOT set up a separate audio recording system so the audio quality in the video is NOT a reflection of the incredible vocal quality of our students…and those of you who were able to see the show know what I’m talking about!

* MAMMA MIA! – Act 1 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDZmS44OWtA

* MAMMA MIA! – Act 2 | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiEYOhnY61E

Finally, June 22 – 28 we have eight students and two parent chaperones traveling to London!!! It will be an INCREDIBLE and LIFE-CHANGING theater experience. Keep those folks in your thoughts and well-wishes for safe travels. Speaking of LONDON next September will be the first meeting for LONDON 2024! Keep that in the back of your mind! 🙂 haha.

You’ll hear from me at least ONE more time before the end of the school year then sporadically throughout the summer. The ITS leadership team will be planning an event or two. We have new freshmen and transfer students to welcome into this craziness, a parent social and the obligatory and of course essential ask from me for parent volunteers for next year.

It’s been an honor. It’s been a gift. I’m deeply grateful for all of you. Thank you for choosing to be a part of the La Salle family, even more so for choosing to be a part of the La Salle Theater family. There’s magic here. There’s community here. There’s a family here and that is absolutely because of the students and the families who make up this community.

I’m already nearing 2,000 words. That’s my cue to dip out. Sorry for the length. Happy weekend and I hope everyone who chose to attend prom had a wonderful night of life-affirming memories.

Shelton