Local high schoolers showcasing their talent
LOHS and Lakeridge students putting on musicals this week
UH-OH! you havent seen a play in The Last Five Years?
Students at Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools can help redress a dearth of theater in your life. Musicals are on tap at both schools this week: at Lakeridge, a student-directed drama called The Last Five Years, and at LOHS, a student-written comedy called UH-OH!
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LOHS teacher Bob McGranahans Musical Theater Workshop students hatched UH-OH! and, in keeping with the class curriculum, also cast it and will perform it.
UH-OH! is about what happens when the actors dont show up and the tech people have to do the show, McGranahan said.
The teens not only developed the concept and penned the script but also handled the choreography and selected 18 musical numbers to shape the story.
Six students shared the shows significance to them and discussed their roles:
n Senior Lauren Olson said putting on a show takes hours of intense practice: Its definitely worth it. Its a lot of fun. In the end we put on a show were really proud of.
n Ellie Ulrich, a senior, said: I dont think people realize how much we put into this show. We put our hearts and souls into it.
n Senior Elena Gomes, who plays the stage manager, said shes accustomed to taking charge: As the youngest in my family, I have to speak up to be heard, so Ive just become very commanding. My mom said when I was 4, I could speak up and take over the entire room.
n Sophomore Jackson Reinhardt said: My mom was a theater director in Seattle. The theater lifestyle Im fascinated with it. Im relishing my role.
n Clad in a vibrant shirt, Senior Noah Fitterer said: Techies normally wear black. Id wear this Hawaiian shirt, but all black is what everyone will be wearing.
How to attend
When: 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday
Where: LOHS Auditorium, 2501 Country Club Road
Cost: Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors
To buy advance tickets, visit lodrama.org.
Three Lakeridge seniors are producing their version of The Last Five Years, a dramatic musical about a failed marriage. The shows also scheduled to shine on the silver screen later this year, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.
Isaac Lee directs the Lakeridge version of the relationship implosion of Jamie (Daniel Barber), a novelist, and Cathy (Juliana DeBruyn), an actress.
You learn a lot about yourself when youre taking on a very emotional role and learning what these situations mean to you, Barber said.
Lee said Barber and DeBruyn have put in a tremendous amount of work, a ridiculous amount of work.
To which Barber responded: And, hes done more.
DeBruyn added that Lees deft instruction has proved productive.
A director who ordered their actors around wouldnt be effective because so much of what makes acting good is for it to be genuine, she said. A director should help an actor find the honesty, find the performance in them, rather than dictate what it should be.
To prep for his leadership role, Lee said he read about directing in A Sense of Direction, and he already had witnessed top-tier talent in action while at the Columbia Gorge School of Theatre. With Lakeridges theater program cut back to help address a school district budget gap, Lee said the program needs the communitys support more than ever.
Part of the reason its important to see the show is it is a good way for there to be more shows, he said.
The story is told through music. A pianist, violinist and other players bolster the actors voices, with Cathys songs wending from the end of the marriage to the beginning and Jamies songs moving from start to finish. The timelines intersect at the center, when Jamie proposes.
They work toward each other and then away from each other, Lee said.
How to attend
When: 7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lakeridge High black box theater, 1235 Overlook Drive
Cost: $5 per person
Jillian Daley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.Add a comment