We've been in full-on fundraiser mode since February and haven't stopped to take a breath. Thanks to everyone who is helping support PHS Theatre in our quest to perform at the International Thespian Festival this summer! We have completed several fundraisers and are planning more, and have received many generous contributions.
Through April 30, Neptune Auto will donate $2 from every oil change to PHS Theatre's fundraising efforts. Stop by Neptune soon to get friendly, professional service while helping our cause!
Coming up May 25: Take 2 of Evening With the Stars cabaret!
Circle B Ranch Event Center has once again offered us their space and a different group of talented students and alumni have committed to perform. We'll be serving up a buffet of delicious appetizers and desserts, and there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at http://bit.ly/2vk6z9A.
For continued updates, please visit the "Lincoln or Bust" page of our website or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PittsburgHighSchoolPerformingArts.
Want to donate? An easy way is to go directly to our GoFundMe campaign at https://www.gofundme.com/phs-theatre-to-perform-nationally
Or, mail a check made out to PHS Theatre to Pittsburg High School, 1978 E. Fourth St., Pittsburg, KS 66762
It's almost show week! Cast, crew, band, and directors are spending the weekend at Memorial Auditorium in dress and technical rehearsals, fine-tuning this show! Make plans to attend with your family!
Hot on the heels of Statewide recognition and selection to perform at the International Thespian Festival in June, PHS Theatre is back on stage rehearsing for, designing, and building an iconic tale that dates back 181 years.
The department will produce “The Little Mermaid,” the musical, at Memorial Auditorium, 503 N. Pine, Feb. 14-17. This one is going to be over-the-top, promises Director Greg Shaw. Among the many highlights: 131 costumes and 90 wigs, actors wearing roller skates, and state-of-the-art projections.
Long before it was a Disney favorite and then a stage play, it was penned by Hans Christian Anderson.
“It’s a family-friendly, iconic story that actually dates back to 1837,” said Director Greg Shaw. “It’s still extremely relatable to audiences today.”
The plot hinges on Ariel, King Triton's youngest daughter, who wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above. She bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, her aunt, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems, and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends, Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull and Sebastian the crab, to restore order under the sea.
“The costumes are going to be elaborate, over the top – maybe more so than we’ve ever done before,” Shaw said. “The sets will be straight out of a Disney cartoon. We’re using projections as well as extremely detailed and elaborate 3D set pieces. And the dance numbers, as always, will be fun and creative and in the spirit of great Disney musicals.”
It’s the first time for the production to be staged in Pittsburg.
The cast numbers 33, with a 20-member crew and a 20-piece pit orchestra that will provide the music. Another 15 students in stage craft classes are building the set. Staff at Memorial Auditorium are collaborating with students on lighting and sound design.
"It's the perfect example of collaboration in education," Shaw said.
The production will be adjudicated, as were last year’s “Seussical” and 2016’s “Shrek,” for Music Theatre Wichita’s Jester Awards later this spring.
The run time is two hours with an intermission.
Tickets are on sale through Memorial Auditorium and may be purchased online at www.memorialauditorium.org or by calling the box office during business hours at 620-231-7827.
Tickets are $10 for reserved seats on the main floor, or $5 and $8 for balcony seats.
Little Mermaid-themed souvenirs will be sold in the lobby before and after the show and during intermission, and young audience members will have an opportunity to get their photograph taken on stage with Ariel and Prince Eric after the show.
Pittsburg High School Theatre Department in Pittsburg, Kansas, has been invited to perform at the most prestigious venue for high school theatre: At the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, June 25-30, 2018! We are one of only 11 schools in the nation to qualify, and this is a first for our school!
We were chosen based on the quality of our fall musical, "Urinetown," a parody of a show that opened on Broadway in 2001 and was Tony award-winning. We're proud to say our performance of "Urinetown" was award-winning, too: After performing it for our school in November 2017, we learned we'd qualified to take it to our State Thespian Festival and perform it for nearly 2,000 students and theatre teachers from across Kansas. What an honor! It was at State that we learned we had qualified for Internationals.
In addition, three our our students qualified for individual events at Internationals in musical theatre and sound design!
We were elated. We hugged. We cried. Some of us fell down. And then we realized: We had to raise $45,000 by June.
Please consider helping us get there with a financial donation of any size. We launched a Go Fund Me campaign today.
Check it out: https://www.gofundme.com/phs-theatre-to-perform-nationally
Or, send a check directly to Pittsburg High School made out to PHS Theatre, c/o Greg Shaw, 1978 E. Fourth St., Pittsburg, KS 66762
We pulled aside a few of the many talented cast members of Little Mermaid at rehearsal today so you could meet them and find out who they portray!
They might be familiar — they also performed in the internationally-recognized Urinetown!
Tickets go on sale at Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center on Tuesday, Jan. 16! Get 'em while you can. #PHSLittleMermaid
We're pinching ourselves. We thought we might have even been dreaming. But it's true!
The amazing news came on Day 2 of the Kansas Thespian Festival, the morning after an 18-hour day in which we built the set, designed the tech, ran rehearsal, got in costume, and performed Urinetown on the Main Stage for almost 2,000 attendees, then did strike and put it all back in the vans ... and then went to the after-party!
Now, more hard work begins: We have to come up with the money to get there in June, and we have to keep the show fresh so will be having monthly rehearsals.
Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium in Pittsburg for a free encore performance of "Urinetown" before we load it up and take it on the road!
PHS Theatre was chosen by judges to perform at the State Thespian Conference in Wichita on Thursday! It's a conference that we raise money for and attend each year, along with a couple of thousand students from across Kansas. It's a huge honor to be chosen to perform at it and takes an incredible amount of planning, rehearsing, and fundraising to pull it all off. That's where YOU come in.
Today, on the last day of our Christmas vacation, we climbed out of bed before daybreak and are already at Memorial Auditorium unloading all of the set pieces, costumes, makeup, shoes, wigs, and props that we stored in vans after our production in November.
In one day we will build the set, design the tech (lights, sound board, etc.), rehearse, do mic checks, and then perform a FREE show for the public at 7:00 p.m. as a "dress rehearsal." After the show, we'll then disassemble the set, load it and everything back in the vans, and hopefully get a few hours of sleep before the first day of school starts on Wednesday!
On Wednesday afternoon, we'll load busses and head west and on Thursday repeat the day-long set building process again at the Century II Performing Arts Center in Wichita before performing at 7:00 Thursday night!
Our theatre booster group, Friends of PHS Performing Arts, will be accepting donations at the door for anyone who would like to contribute a few dollars to help support the trip and meals while there (we'll be feeding 60 people each day in addition to paying for the hotel rooms and conference!). We hope that just as sports enthusiasts fill the stands for football and basketball teams competing at playoffs and substate, that our community will turn out at 7:00 p.m. to cheer us on and be a wonderful audience. It's an honor not just for us, but for our entire school district and community as about 2,000 people from all over the state will be in the audience Thursday night to witness what Pittsburg talent is like!
GO PURPLE DRAGONS!!!!!
Pittsburg High School Music Rep Theatre will bring to life a side-splitting send-off of greed, love, revolution (and musicals!), in a time when water is worth its weight in gold, with “Urinetown” on Nov. 17-19 at PHS.
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, “Urinetown” is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself!
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs.
Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.
The show, directed by Greg Shaw, is accompanied by a live band under the direction of Cooper Neil, with vocal direction by Susan Laushman. As part of their semester-long rehearsals, the cast completed a master class with Broadway actress Janine DiVita, who once played the lead female role of Pennywise.
Performance times are 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the door: $7 for adults, $5 for students.
Clearly we're a bit behind at blogging: We've already wrapped the first show of the school year! "Leaving Iowa," performed Oct. 12, 14, and 15, was a hit, making audiences laugh and cry!
Now, PHS Theatre is focused on the first musical of the season: "Urinetown," being produced by Music Rep Theatre class. Directed by Greg Shaw, with vocal direction by Susan Laushman and pit band direction by Cooper Neil, it follows a string of hit Music Rep shows including "Band Geeks" and "The Addams Family," both Jester Award winners. It will be performed at PHS Nov. 17-19.
So far, so good: Broadway actress Janine DiVita (Rizzo in "Grease," among other roles) spent Sunday afternoon in a master class with the cast and proclaimed the first act she saw "awesome," "impressive," and "hilarious." DiVita should know what she's talking about: She played Pennywise in "Urinetown" while attending the University of Michigan — one of the leading schools for music theatre in the nation. In fact, DiVita had this to say on her visit to PHS:
While at PHS, DiVita did scene work with the cast, including Alexis Daniels as Senator Fipp, Aidan Harries as Cladwell, Dominic Stefanoni as Cladwell's lackey McQueen, Addy Campbell as Cladwell's daughter Hope, Matthew Buck as Bobby Strong, and the ensemble.
She also worked individually with five cast members (McKenna Shaw, Alexis Daniels, Cassie Hurt-McLarty, Gabe Anderson, and Matthew Buck) on solo numbers they're preparing for State Thespian Conference IE's, college auditions, and Music Rep Recital Night.
And, before leaving, she performed a number on stage herself, and answered questions from the cast, parents, and others in attendance.
Thanks, Janine, for sharing your time and talent with students from Pittsburg High School! And thanks to a private donor and the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas for providing a grant that made the experience possible!