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JOSEPH & THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT  (PHOTOS)

Our 2011 spring musical is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! This Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. Sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humility are continually challenged. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. A talented cast of 44 sings and dances its way into your hearts as the Narrator (Emily Serdahl), aided by a 13 member Women’s Chorus, tells the story of Joseph (Skyler Jones) dealing with those pesky 11 brothers and their 11 wives and another 4 men playing multiple roles, as Joseph let us know that “any dream will do” when confronted with problems in life. As the show promo promises, Joseph set to “an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.” You can’t help but have some rollicking good fun if you join us for a fun, visually dazzling, and beautifully sung show.

Performances are May  6, 7, 12, 13 & 14 at 8:00 PM and May 8 at 2:00 PM in the Livermore High Theatre. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased livermorehighonline.com. 

 

PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (PHOTOS)

For our 2010 fall play, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, is being performed by a cast of twenty-four, supported by a tech crew of five.

“Let yourself be swept away with the charming wit of Elizabeth Bennet (Emily Serdahl) and Mr. Darcy (Skyler Jones). Find yourself welcomed into the Bennet’s home where the subject of marriage is inescapable, since Mr. Bennet (KJ Brown) has no male heirs and five daughters to marry off!  Follow the misadventures of Mrs. Bennet (Maria Oliveira) and her daughters as they meet the eligible gentlemen of Hertfordshire, England on a quest to find a suitable match.  Besides Elizabeth, there are Jane (Elise Ebbinghaus), Mary (Shea Tanner), Lydia (Abby Peterson), and Kitty (Alyssa Proudfoot). Gentlemen entertained as suitors include: Wickham (Tyler Campbell), Pastor Collins (Steven McCloud), Bingley (Ryan Church)—whose sister, Caroline (Emily Persson), quite disapproves; as does Darcy’s aunt, Lady Catherine de Bourgh (Bronwyn Hagerty). Most improper, indeed!!  See how Elizabeth overcomes all obstacles and harsh, first impressions to discover true love. Beautiful costumes true to the period of 1813 bring to life the manners and mores of Jane Austen’s romantic treatise on what occurs when pride and prejudice get in the way of love and marriage.

Performances are December 3, 4, 9, 10, 11 at 8 p.m. in the Livermore High Theatre. All seats are reserved. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased livermorehighonline.com or at the door. 

 

WEST SIDE STORY (PHOTOS)

West Side Story is our 2010 spring musical. Based on the tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, our fall play, this cast of thirty is showcasing the Jets and Sharks onstage with all the passion and combustible energy felt in the hearts of the young in a world that promises them the American dream but holds it just out of their reach. 

Two pairs of young lovers, Tony and Maria (Brennan Mills/Meagan Morris) and Bernardo and Anita (Ian O’Rourke/Maria Oliveira) are pulled apart by the hatred between the Jets and the Sharks.  Riff (Tyler Campbell), Tony’s best friend, and Bernardo, Maria’s brother, head the opposing gangs until a tragic confrontation takes their lives.  Action (Preston Miller) takes over the Jets and Chino (Steven McCloud) decides to avenge Bernardo’s death and their actions lead to disastrous results.  

The Jets and their girls, led by Riff, are “real Cool”: Austin Andrade (Diesel)/Zoe Tranter, Takylya Johnson (Velma), Andrew Kolb-Gouveia (Big Deal)/Emily Serdahl, Nathan Martin (Snowboy)/ Kathleen Hornbacker, Tyler Persson (Baby John)/Shelby White (Anybodys), Abby Peterson (Graziella), and Leland Rogers (Arab).

The Sharks and their girls, led by Bernardo “like to be in America”: Ryan Church/Cherry Bogue, Skyler Jones/Sarah Reggiardo (Rosalia), Gabriel Pasillas/Jessica Graves, Matthew Sebastiao/Emily Persson, Bahram Sherwani/Brinda Dixit (Consuela), Katelyn West. 
The adults in their world can only stand by and watch as they self-destruct. Played by adults, Doc is played by LHS teacher, Mr. Kevin Gunn and the role of “Gladhand” will be played each performance by six different LHS teachers! Who will it be the show you come to see: Ms. Carolan, Ms. Cruz, Ms. Garza, Ms. Kinnard, Mrs. Meier, or Mrs. Shill?

 

Put this must-see musical on your calendar now! Performances are May 7, 8, 9 (2pm), 13, 14, 15 at 8pm in the LHS Theatre.  

 

THE LARAMIE PROJECT
Carol Hovey and Drama Department students will present The Laramie Project in February of 2010.  PHOTOS are available now with video highlights to come.

The 2nd trimester theatre production is The Laramie Project which chronicles the life of the town of Laramie in the year after the murder of Matthew Shepard. Who was Matthew Shephard?  As noted by the text,

In October 1998 a twenty-one-year-old student at the University of Wyoming was kidnapped, severely beaten and left to die, tied to a fence on the outskirts of Laramie, Wyoming. His name was Matthew Shephard, and he was the victim of this assault because he was gay. Moises Kaufman and fellow members of the Tectonic Theater Project made six trips to Laramie over the course of a year and a half in the aftermath of the beating and during the trial of the two young men accused of killing Shepard.  They conducted more than 200 interviews with the people of the town. The Laramie Project is a breathtaking theatrical collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.

Our LHS cast of 29 portray 67 individuals, including ranchers, storekeepers, students, professors, policemen, various clergymen, friends and family of both Matthew Shepard and his killers, and the company members themselves.  This compelling docu-drama presents a study of the treatment of difference in American society, a context in which to understand a dramatic act of violence, and a message of tolerance. 

Our two weekends of performances are February 26, 27 plus March 5, 6 at 8pm in the LHS Theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students with a student-body card. Parental guidance is suggested and children under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult. 

 

ROMEO JULIET DEBUTS IN DECEMBER

 

Shakespeare’s timeless love story, Romeo Juliet, will be presented by the LHS Drama Department on December 4, 5, 10, 11, 12 at 8pm in the Livermore High Theatre.  PHOTOS and VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS are available for downloading.

Staged on multiple stairs and platforms, twenty-four actors enact scenes of high drama and low comedy, incorporating dancing, fencing and verbal sparring as “two households, both alike in dignity…from ancient grudge break to new mutiny.”  “From forth the fatal loins of these two foes”—the Capulets (Preston Miller/Maria Oliveira) and the Montagues (Matthew Sebastiao/Christen Hensley)—“a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life.”  Romeo (Leland Rogers) and Juliet’s (Elise Ebbinghaus) tragic love is brought to life in all its emotional glory, aided and abetted by Friar Lawrence (Skyler Jones) and the Nurse (Emily Serdahl).  Alas, their marriage is doomed by the vengeful outcome of a duel between Tybalt (Tyler Campbell) and Mercutio (Ryan Church), despite all attempts by Benvolio (Austin Andrade) to keep the peace, and by Capulet’s impulsive decision to marry Juliet to Paris (Bahram Sherwani), the Prince’s (Andrew Kolb-Gouvaia) kinsman.  Playing all the remaining roles, the versatile ensemble members are: Zoe Ashcraft, Cat Burnap, Madison Corbitt, McKenzie Davies, Alexandre Gulde, Steven McCloud, Megan Morris, Gabriel Pasillas, Abby Peterson, Alyssa Proudfoot, and Kylie Thomas. From the control booth, the sound and lights will be run by Amber Bruegal, Adam Danska, and Danielle Hubbard. 

Romeo Juliet is a feast for the senses. Shakespeare’s language comes to life, spoken and physicalized, in a colorful swirl of lights and costumes, as “Passion lends them power/times means, to meet/Tempering extremities with extreme sweet.”  Tickets are $8 (all seats reserved) and are available by clicking on the Web Store link from this web site or by logging on to http://livermorehs.revtrak.net.

 

LES MIS (SCHOOL EDITION) A CRITICAL SUCCESS!

After all, who but a miracle worker could pull off a full-blown professional production of that toughest of modern musicals, “Les Miz”, with a student cast  and orchestra and only 8 weeks of rehearsal? Fearing a disappointingly “juvenile” show, I attended the “Student Edition” simply because I love the music. And I was bowled over by the excellence of the performance, the maturity of the young actors, and the mastery by cast and orchestra of the challenging score.  So began the review in the May 28, 2009 issue of THE INDEPENDENT.  Download the FULL ARTICLE in PDF format.

 

LES MIS (SCHOOL EDITION) PHOTOS

The PROGRAM and PUBLICITY PHOTOS from this year's spring musical are available for downloading.

Photos of Fall Play 2012: Brothers Grimm

Click HERE to view photos from opening weekend.