February 8, 2011
The greater Elk Grove and South Sacramento communities are invited to spend a night at the theater as Elk Grove Unified high schools present their spring drama productions. Plays will be presented by the following schools:
Cosumnes Oaks High School’s drama students will present the timeless musical comedy "Guys and Dolls" March 31-April 2 and April 7-8. Based on the Broadway stories of Damon Runyon, Guys and Dolls tells the tale of Nathan Detroit, the organizer of the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York, who bets fellow gambler Sky Masterson that he can't make the next girl he sees fall in love with him. That "next girl" is Miss Sarah Brown, a pure-at-heart Salvation Army-type reformer. Meanwhile, Nathan is having trouble with his own girlfriend, Adelaide, who after 14 years of dating is ready for marriage. Showtimes start at 6 p.m. on March 31 and April 7, 7 p.m. on April 1-2 and 8 and a 1 p.m. matinee on April 2. Admission is $10 for general seating and $8 for senior citizens and children under 10.
Elk Grove High School theatre students will present “Rock ‘n Roll Sleeping Beauty” on April 8-9 and April 14-16. This revamped version of a classic story has a rockin’ guitar, a swashbuckling dragon, original wit and a message about true beauty we can all take to heart. Showtimes start at 7 p.m. on all nights. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 for students and children.
Drama students at Florin High School will present “Fame: The Musical” on March 31-April 2. This musical is a bittersweet but ultimately inspiring story of a diverse group of students as they commit to four years of grueling artistic and academic work. With candor, humor and insight, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today. Showtimes start at 7 p.m. with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. on April 2. The cost is $7 pre-sale or $8 at the door.
The Franklin High School Theatre Department will present “Les Miserables” as their spring musical production March 17-19 and March 24-26. This epic story recounts the struggle against adversity in 19th century France. Imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread, petty thief Jean Valjean is released from his 19‐year term and not only becomes and honest man, but the mayor of a prosperous town and a loving adoptive father ‐ violating his parole in the process. The relentless inspector Javert, who makes a decent life for Valjean impossible, consequently pursues him. Only years later, after Valjean proves his mettle during a bloody student uprising and saves the life of a young man hopelessly in love with Valjean’s adopted daughter, Cosette. Showtimes start at 7 p.m. with matinees at 2 p.m. on March 19 and 26. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for seniors, children 12 and under and Franklin High School students with an ASB card. Saturday matinees are $7 general admission only.
Laguna Creek High School’s drama students will present their rendition of “LUCKY STIFF” on March 31-April 2. The musical tells the story of a poor British shoe salesman who is notified that he will receive $6 million from his deceased uncle IF he takes the uncle on a trip to Monte Carlo. If he does not accompany the deceased uncle to Monte Carlo, all the money will go to the home for orphan dogs. Theatergoers are sure to love this crazy, fun, fast-paced adventure. Showtimes start at 7:30 p.m. in the LCHS Black Box Theater. Tickets are $8 at the door or on the LCHS website. Online ticket sales will begin in mid-March.
Drama students at Monterey Trail High School will present “Zombie Prom” on March 25-26 and April 1-2. This “girl loves ghoul rock and roll” Off Broadway musical is set in the atomic 1950's at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart. He still wants to graduate, but most of all he wants to take Toffee to the prom. A tuneful selection of original songs in the style of 50’s hits keeps the action rocking across the stage. Showtimes start at 7 p.m. The cost of admission is $10 for general admission and $8 for students, senior citizens and children under 10.
Theatre students at Pleasant Grove High School will perform “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” April 7-9 and April 14-15. Based on the Hebrew story in the Book of Genesis, ‘Joseph’ tells the tale of a young man who follows his dreams through hardship to eventual great success. Showtimes start at 7 p.m. with a matinee at 1 p.m. on April 9. Tickets are $10 general admission and $8 with an ASB card.
The Sheldon High School Performing Arts Department will perform their rendition of the popular musical “Hairspray” on April 8-9 and April 14-16. In the musical, Loveable plus-size heroine, Tracy Turnblad, has a passion for dancing, and wins a spot on the local TV dance program, "The Corny Collins Show." Overnight she finds herself transformed from outsider to teen celebrity. Can a larger-than-life adolescent manage to vanquish the program's reigning princess, integrate the television show, and find true love (singing and dancing all the while, of course,) without mussing her hair? Showtimes start at 7 p.m. with at matinee at 2 p.m. on April 9. Tickets are $10 for general admission.Valley High School’s theatre students will present “Give Peace A Chance,” a musical tribute to John Lennon covering his life after the Beatles, on April 29-30. Showtimes start at 7 p.m. The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. Children under 5 are free.