Fiddler on the Roof, The Drowsy Chaperone & Once Upon a Mattress highlight school talent

Fiddler on the Roof
Harbor High Little Theatre, 300 La Fonda Ave.
May 13th, 14th at 7:30pm
Tickets: $9 for Students, Staff, and Seniors, $10 for General
The Drowsy Chaperone
Soquel High, 401 Old San Jose Rd.
May 13, 14, 15,20,21,22 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3 p.m..
General admission tickets $12.
Once Upon a Mattress
Santa Cruz High Theater, 425 Walnut Ave
May 13, 14, 20, 21 at 7:30, doors open at 7:00
Tickets are $7 for students & seniors, $10 for adults

If it’s Spring, it must be theater season in our schools!  Anyone who has attended a local high school play or musical will gush about the caliber of the production, the talent of the performers and the pure joy of the experience.

All of our high school theater productions are largely executed by the students themselves. In addition to their onstage roles, students select the material, build sets, design costumes, run lights & sound – even handle all of their public relations.  Theater programs are generally self-funded. The quality of the presentations belie the meager resources that these students nurture into magical, transporting entertainment. Any community member will find an evening spent at a local theater production one of the best kept secrets in town!

Harbor High School – Fiddler on the Roof

Like the other two shows, Fiddler on the Roof is student directed, student designed and student choreographed. The Director, Assistant Director, Designers, Choreographers and Crew Heads have all trained and apprenticed in numerous other productions to develop the skills necessary to function as effective, knowledgeable leaders in their areas of expertise. Students take technique classes during the regular school day, applying the skills they have developed to the final production.

Fiddler on the Roof is a highly entertaining and moving production. Director, Denali Elliott, her Asst. Director Maddie Cuneo, and Choreographers, Mariah Goncharoff and Rachel Feldman balance the elements of heart and spectacle in this Tony Award winning production. Tevye and Golde played by David Warner (The Beast from our Spring 2010 production of Beauty and the Beast)  and Jade Gregg (Rachel from our Fall 2010 production of Reckless) are both seasoned performers, who bring a wealth of experience to their characters, and are an intrinsic part of a strong, enthusiastic ensemble.

Soquel High School Knights of the Square Stage – The Drowsy Chaperone

The Drowsy Chaperone is an homage to American musicals of the Jazz Age, examining the effect musicals have on the fans who adore them. The Man in Chair, seeking to cure his “non-specific sadness,” listens to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy, The Drowsy Chaperone.

As he listens, the characters appear in his dingy apartment, and it is transformed into a Broadway set, complete with sparkling furniture, painted backdrops and glitzy costumes. The story is hilariously predictable, silly and sassy and with a marriage performed by an aviatrix. One can leave the theatre feeling terrific, humming memorable tunes or whistling the overture.

Santa Cruz High School – Once Upon a Mattress

Once Upon A Mattress is a comedic and musical adaptation of the classic story of the Princess and the Pea. Directed by student Kaya Mendelsohn, music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer.

It’s a fun and funny show, perfect for the whole family!