School Theater Takes Center Stage

Want the chance to laugh, cry and interact with a group of talented performers? You don’t have to go far to find great entertainment. Right here in West Chester and Liberty Township, Lakota schools have fun, creative shows coming up this spring, showcasing a variety of young talent. Check out the upcoming season of local musicals and sketch comedy.

Lakota West High School Presents Shrek The Musical

Music by Jeanine Tesori

Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure based on the DreamWorks Animation film by the same name that chronicles the life of an unlikely hero, Shrek the Ogre, and his fairy-tale accomplices. Watch as they fight bad guys and meet other characters from many well-known stories for an adventure that is entirely new, despite being full of recognizable favorites. The show is sure to be lively, colorful, funny and charming, with exciting sets, costumes, puppets and more. The show satisfies audiences of all ages and is likely to leave you rolling with laughter.

Lakota East High School Presents Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes)

Play by Greg Allen

February 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10 online or take your chances at the door for a discount

Two ensemble casts will create what they dub a “Neo-Futurist sketch comedy” performance, where 10 actors bring the audience along for the fast-paced challenge of putting on 30 “plays” in 60 minutes. Features include trying to make a two-minute version of Macbeth and other enigmas like a play about “the absurdity of running with scissors.” You’ll go outside your comfort zone by getting to know what behaviors we sometimes don’t recognize because we’ve grown so accustomed to them. “Splash-Zone” seating is suggested for those who want to join in on the fun, and the show is intended for mature audiences.

Lakota Plains Junior High Presents Mulan Jr.

Music and Lyrics by David Zippel, Jeanine Tesori, 
Stephen Schwartz, Matthew Wilder and Alexa Junge

March 16 at 7:30 p.m.

March 17 at 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

March 18 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $10

The tale of Mulan and her trusty, if mischievous, friend Mushu the Dragon, was told in the well-known Disney animated film. The musical draws on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and presents an adventurous heroine who chooses to defy her social standing as a woman to join the army in disguise as a boy. Watch as her strength and valor are tested and she faces choices between revealing her identity and saving China through cleverness and the help of her friends.

Lakota East High School Presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Book by Rachel Sheinkin

Music and Lyrics by William Finn

April 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m.

April 8 at 2:30 p.m.

Follow along as the competition gets intense on the stage at The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. This show includes some optional audience participation in the excitement of being “guest spellers” on stage. The life of the average junior high kid is played out in this group of unusual students during one of their defining experiences, and the humor and situations make it appropriate for mature audiences. Watch in anticipation to find out who will win in this non-conventional competition for success.