Construction affects fall shows

Construction of the new performing arts center has caused the drama and theatre programs to relocate their rehearsals and performances. This fall, the musical theatre program is performing “Lucky Stiff ” in late October and in mid-November, the drama class is performing “Hard Candy”. “Hard Candy” will performed at Hill Education Center Stage and “Lucky Stiff ” will be performed in San Marin’s mini gym.
“It has presented challenges such as excessive noise that tends to affect
the focus of the students,” Drama and Technical Theatre teacher Haley McFadden said. “Accessibility by car to our classroom space is limited, which affects our ability to easily transport things like set pieces and other equipment.”
The construction for the performing arts center was set to be completed by January of 2021, but because of the regulations that the
Department of State Architects issue to insure that all school buildings are properly built, construction has already been delayed at least eight to ten
weeks.
“I personally think that construction should have started last May and continued throughout the summer, as the construction would have only taken place during the fall semester,” drama student Madison Brand said. “I
appreciate the construction, however, because I am really excited about the new performing arts center.”
Through all of the construction, the drama and theatre students are excited to perform the musical “Lucky Stiff ” and the play “Hard Candy”.
“Lucky Stiff ”, written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flahtery, follows the main character Harry Witherspoon, played by junior Daniel Ford and sophomore Sam Martin. Harry lives an uneventful life until he learns that his uncle has been killed by his blind lover. For Harry to get the inheritance from his uncle, Harry has to take his uncle’s corpse to Monte Carlo or else
the money goes to charity. As the musical goes on, Harry realizes that he is not the only person in the race for his uncle’s money.
Written by Jonathan Rand, “Hard Candy” is a one-act comedy play that is composed of a series of quirky interviews at Banff Enterprises by an
ensemble cast. The second part of the show, however, will be a showcase of scenes, monologues and original storytelling from the students.
“Regardless of any challenges this construction may present, I am committed to producing a quality experience for my students and audiences alike,” McFadden said.

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