Performances: Sept. 27-28, 2pm & 7:30pm at the Schoolhouse Theatre
Synopsis: Basically, a silent film put to stage, this gag-filled water sloshing, bed crashing, pie throwing craziness will leave the audience rolling in the aisles. Performed in black and white with title cards projected over the actors' heads, and a live theatre organ accompanying every doubletake, this comic tour de force stars a dashing hero who overcomes jail, poverty, World War I and a dastardly villain, Lionel Drippinwithit, to win the girl of his dreams. She is the heiress to the Thickwad Screw Factory. The biggest pie fight the theatre world has ever seen caps the silent action. More than a tribute to the slapstick antics of Chaplin, Keaton and Arbuckle - this is a reverential recreation of a bygone era.
ACTORS: This show is quite literally a silent film performed on the stage. Which means there are virtually no lines to memorize (except for the few that get projected on a screen above your heads) so yay for you! However, the key to a great silent film is the physical comedy and comedic timing. The story is told almost entirely in pantomime put to music. Pulling this off accurately is a huge part of the success of this show. This will take a lot of work so get ready to spend rehearsals moving, a lot. It’s true, actors are athletes and this show is the epitome of that.
It would be a good idea to research how silent films were done to get a better feel for how this show will be performed and what will be required of the actors. There are many YouTube clips out there of old silent films and even a few of this specific play. Check them out to better prepare yourself for auditions.
TECHIES: You will work on this show and the Theatre Showcase. Techies will be required to assist with finding props & costumes, help with hair/make-up, build set pieces, act as run crew, assemble the video & sound effects and run them during the show.
Performances: Oct. 24-25, 7:30pm at the Pace Center Event Room
Synopsis: The Showcase is our annual Theatre Fundraiser. This entertainment filled evening features four one act plays directed by some of our more experienced theatre students and an appearance from CrossPlay (our elite ministry theatre troupe). Everything from comedy to drama (and maybe even a little audience participation) will be featured to showcase the talents of our LuHi theatre students. The audience will get to hear about our outstanding theatre program and donor opportunities while dining on appetizers and desserts from Biscuits & Berries.
ACTORS: You will be involved in at least one of the four plays. There will be a few rehearsals in September but most of the rehearsals will take place in October after Silent Laughter is over. Lines will be due Oct. 1st (completely memorized and off book).
TECHIES: You will work on this show and Silent Laughter. Techies will be required to assist with finding props & costumes, act as run crew, assemble sound effects, and run lights & sound for the performances. Techies will also act as servers for the food portion of the evening.
Here at LuHi we welcome and encourage anyone interested in theatre to be a part of our productions. Whether it’s acting, singing, dancing, or tech work we have a place for you. Never tried theatre before? You can start out small in a minor role or on the tech crew or you can dive right in a go for those big roles. It’s up to you.
LuHi theatre follows the philosophy every actor has a fair chance at every role. We do not cast based on seniority. A freshman has just as good of a shot at getting a lead role as a senior does. When casting several factors are considered: acting ability, confidence, body language, facial expressions, vocal technique, character interpretation, special talents, do the actor’s abilities fit the requirements needed for the character/script, how well do actors work together and do they fit together as characters in the play, just to name a few.
We look at all of these factors and place actors in roles that best fit their talents and abilities in combination with what is best for the production as a whole. It is not uncommon for an actor to have the lead role in one show and a minor role in the next (or vice versa). Our goal is to let our theatre students shine and make our productions be the best they can be.
Monologues, Scenes and Songs (for Auditions)
Education & College Info:
ThesCon is a conference for high school theatre students. A three-day educational event where students can take a variety of theatre workshops (acting, lighting design, make-up, dance, etc.) by professionals in the industry, visit with college reps and see performances by area high schools. Students also get the opportunity to compete in acting & tech competitions and seniors can audition for college scholarships. Location: Convention Center in downtown Denver. The conference starts Thursday afternoon and runs through Saturday afternoon. Students will be missing classes on Friday. The conference runs late on Thursday and Friday night (events usually end somewhere between 10-11pm).