Fifty cast, crew, and band members will prepare for the performance of "Pippin,” the musical, which judges chose PHS to perform on opening night on the main stage at the Kansas Thespian Festival, with a unique dress rehearsal.
That rehearsal will be open to the public on Sunday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m. at Pittsburg High School, 1978 E. Fourth St., in Pittsburg.
Director Greg Shaw, band director Cooper Neil, and music director Susan Laushman received word in early December that Pippin made the cut to open the three-day festival, which runs Jan. 9-11 in Wichita, Kansas, at the Century II Convention Center. It draws nearly 2,000 students, teachers, and chaperones from across the state.
This is the fourth time for PHS to win such an honor: "Crimes of the Heart" was chosen for the main stage at State in 2011, “Band Geeks” was chosen in 2016, and “Urinetown” was chosen in 2018.
Following the last performance of the regularly-scheduled "Pippin" production at Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 17, cast and crew stored costumes, wigs, makeup, props, and carefully dismantled set pieces for storage in hopes that they would get word from the statewide festival directors that their show had been chosen for performance at the event by judges who travel the circuit of other high school contenders all fall. Cast, crew, and adult chaperones will unload all of it and build the set and install lighting and sound design the morning of Saturday, Jan. 4, followed by a rehearsal that afternoon.
Tickets for the Sunday show are $5 general admission and will be available for purchase at the door starting at 1 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating will begin at 1:30 p.m. Friends of PHS Performing Arts will accept donations during intermission to offset travel expenses.
The teachers who led the audition process would like to thank everyone who auditioned, and they appreciate everyone's patience in announcing the cast list! A read-through will be held today at PHS at 2 p.m. The show will be produced Feb. 20-23 at Memorial Auditorium. Tickets will go on sale in early January.
Ellie - Addy Campbell
Katherine - McKenna Shaw
Gretchen - Kate Thueson
Hannah - Sophie Casper
Savannah - Mona Estes
Torrey - Ainsley Balthazor
Fletcher - Ben Shawn
Wells - Ethan McConnell
Parker/Louis - Xavier Huffman
Pastor Bruno - Keller Erwin
Adam - Gabe Anderson
Mike - Bo McDowell
Dr. Ehrin - Dallas Cox
Ms. Meyers/Savannah’s Mom - Kylee Eidson
Mrs. Luckenbill/Caterer - Emma Noonoo
Mr. Blumen/Student/Caterer - Jack Stefanoni
Grandpa Gordon/Señor O’Brien/Parker’s Dad - Christopher Saman
Officer Sitz/Student/Caterer - Aunyx Estes
Officer Kowalski - Katherine Kirby
Well’s Dad/Caterer - Logan Jones
Mrs. Time/Student/Caterer - Annabella Beachner
Gretchen’s Mom/Student/Caterer - Grace Puckett
Danielle/Savannah Minion/Student - Franchesca Brownhanney
Grandma/Adam’s Mom - River Peery
Laurel/Caterer - Maddy Shawn
Savannah Minion/Student - Ella Rhuems
Savannah Minion/Student - Mallory Womeldorff
Student/Caterer - Ellie Carpenter
Student/Caterer - Alyvia Swartz
Student/Caterer - Greely Arck
Student/Caterer - Anna Hall
Student/Caterer - Hannah Aragon
Student/Caterer - Tate Campbell
Student/Caterer - Declan Ortiz