Now in play
From classical romantic plays to sci-fi horrors, all the way to fairytale musicals, there is something for everyone to watch and enjoy from surrounding high schools during the month of November.
Here are four theater performances for the community to enjoy this fall.
Humboldt High School presents “Emma”
Jane Austen’s adored heroine gets the musical treatment in “Emma” from acclaimed composer and lyricist Paul Gordon (“Daddy Long Legs,” “Jane Eyre”).
For centuries, Emma Woodhouse has charmed and delighted readers – and now she does so on stage.
With the option of setting the show either in the Regency Era or mid-century modern, “Emma” is truly a timeless tale of love, making mistakes, and holding yourself accountable.
A carefree woman, Emma Woodhouse has “the very best blessings of existence” with “very little to vex or distress me.”
She is also a self-proclaimed matchmaker who thinks too highly of her abilities.
When her attempts at matchmaking and romance go awry, Emma has to face herself and the people she has hurt.
“Emma,” the fall musical will be performed at 7 p.m. today at the Humboldt High School, 1500 Wildcat Road.
Tickets are $8/adult and $5/student and are available in the office and at the door.
Due to Football Playoffs, tickets purchased for Friday’s performance may be moved to a Saturday Matinee at 2 p.m. depending on results of the football playoff schedule.
Manson Northwest Webster High School presents “The Mighty Armadillos”
When the wimpy chess club members take on the football in-crowd and the local ruffians, hold on to your hula hoops.
In this 1950s malt shop setting, super nerd Julius Caesar Abercrombie, captain of the Mighty Armadillo Chess Club, is accidentally hypnotized, and upon a particular signal, thinks he is the star quarterback of the high school football team.
It’s a lucky thing, too, because the real quarterback, Bobby Diamond, has promised the local ruffians that he will throw the big game if they will not hurt a young runaway girl. Meanwhile, the president of a very snobby sorority sets up a phony pledge party to embarrass the chess club girls. But the quiet Armadillos show how mighty they are both on and off the playing field. A kid inventor and a poetry-loving beatnik add even more rock-around-the-clock fun.
“The Mighty Armadillos” will have two 7 p.m. performances on Nov. 10 -11 at Manson Northwest Webster High School, 1601 15th St.
Tickets are $8/adult or $5/student. They are available for purchase at the door or online.
The link can be found on MNW’s home website.
Eagle Grove High School presents Rodgers+Hammerstein’s “Cinderella: Enchanted Edition”
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring
Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity,
this romantic fairy tale still warms the hearts of children and adults alike.
“Cinderella” will be performed at the Robert Blue Middle School Auditorium in Eagle Grove, 1015 NW 2nd St, at 7 p.m. tonight and at 3 p.m. Sunday. Advanced tickets are $5 and can be purchased at Christ Furniture and Eagle Pharmacy, or they can be bought for $6 at the door.
Southeast Valley High School presents “Little Shop of Horrors”
“Little Shop of Horrors” is a delectable sci-fi horror musical with an electrifying 1960s pop/rock score by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman.
Seymour Krelborn is a meek and dejected assistant at a floral shop who happens upon a strange plant, which he affectionately names “Audrey II” after his crush at the shop.
Little does he know that this strange and unusual plant will develop a soulful R&B voice, a potty mouth, and an unquenchable thirst for human blood. As Audrey II grows bigger and meaner, the carnivorous plant promises limitless fame and fortune to Seymour, as long as he continues providing a fresh supply of blood.
Just when it’s too late, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s extra-terrestrial origins and his true drive for world-domination.
“Little Shop of Horrors” will be performed at 7 p.m. on today at the Southeast Valley High School in Gowrie, 1005 Riddle St.
Tickets in advance are $3 for students and $5 for adults, which can be purchased through the high school office by calling, 515-352-3142.
Tickets go up $2 in price when purchased at the door.
“This is a fantastic show, and goes perfectly with the Halloween season. Be advised: the carnivorous plant component is not for the faint of heart,” said Britney Geisler, English teacher.