Theatre is all about creativity and collaboration. When restrictions happen, we become even more creative and collaborative. This gives us different challenges, but different opportunities, too!
We face limited in-person rehearsals, and limited audiences (maybe none!), limited costumes and props, and likely no sets and lighting. Plus we’ll need to stream our shows online and that has big challenges too.
So instead, we’ll emphasize other great elements of theatre:
Storytelling & Character Building – emphasizing this helps us become better actors and theatre people.
Repertory style acting – the more opportunities you get to participate, the more you improve your skills
Readers Theatre approach – this will open up roles and strengthen your vocal and facial acting skills.
Taking advantage of COVID-craziness, we’ll create more theatre and acting opportunities.
1st Qtr (Sept – Oct): The Hamlet Thrill-ma-geddon! An 85 min hilarious comedy where a HS drama troupe tries to produce Hamlet but messes it all up due to a desire to update the stodgy language and include corporate sponsorships to help with the budget. It has 10 to 40+ actors, minimal costumes, props, and backgrounds. Presented around Halloween – way cool.
2nd Qtr (Oct – Dec): Christmas Carol High School – A 90 minute adaptation of Dicken’s classic story of A Christmas Carol is given a modern twist and set at West End High School, where the campus "Scrooge" is Meredith Priestly, the most beautiful, popular, meanest, nastiest girl in school! Approx 20 in the cast, contemporary costumes, settings. Presented at Christmastime – also very cool.
2nd Qtr Bonus (Jan): Video Production Acting – in collaboration with Mrs. Graves’ English class doing scriptwriting, and the HS Video class doing Summative short film projects, theatre actors can participate in various on-screen roles for the videos. Should be a great experience for everyone.
3rd Qtr (Feb-Mar): Alice in Wonderland (as the Student Directed Play) –Alice tumbles down a mysterious rabbit hole into a strange land where everyone is crazy. The Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, and Humpty Dumpty, help Alice find her way home and discover who she really is. A darker, more faithful version of Lewis Carroll's classic tale that reimagines the experience of Wonderland and ends with an unexpected new twist. A 40-minute drama/comedy with roles for a whole range of actors. More info here.
4th Qtr (April – May): TBD musical or play (depending on COVID guidelines) – as we proceed through the year, we’ll determine what kind of theatre is possible in the Spring and announce plans ASAP.
AUDITIONS & REHEARSALS
Info will be distributed with details, and Auditions will be held on Teams (even professional shows do casting online now). No memorizing, but we’ll be looking for actors with potential to build strong characters. Rehearsals will be after school and primarily on Teams. We may be able to meet together on campus later in the fall but will follow careful guidelines and precautions.
With this Repertory and Readers Theatre approach, we’ll be able to expand the theatre casting for more students to get involved, especially those who usually are involved in athletics in the fall. So invite your friends to join you in the auditions and enjoy doing theatre together this year.
NEXT STEPS & MORE INFO
Connect with Mr. Ramquist to talk about your level of interest, or to get more information about the shows, schedules, etc. Contact Mr. Ramquist for more details.
Looking forward to a great, creative, unforgettable year of BCS Theatre together with YOU!