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March 6, 2014

March theater madness in Southern Indiana: Five high school shows open this weekend

From familiar musicals to classic tragedies, the shows go on

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — This weekend is anything but slim pickings for high school theater productions.

Five high schools in Clark and Floyd counties are opening shows. From familiar musicals to classic tragedies, the show will definitely go on.

Three of the shows open on Friday, one on Thursday and another on Saturday.

JEFFERSONVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

Opening Thursday night, Jeffersonville High School will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at 7:30 p.m.

Based on the Biblical story of Joseph from the book of Genesis, the show also features a familiar musical score from the Broadway classic.

According to a news release from the school’s theater department, it imported costumes from Egypt to add to the show’s authenticity.

The show features a cast of nearly 100 students, which includes a middle school choir and fourth and fifth graders.

The show runs March 6-8 at 7:30 p.m. and March 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $10 for adults. They can be purchased at the door. Group rates are available for 10 or more people if purchased in advance. For more information, call 812-282-6601 x15260.

NEW ALBANY HIGH SCHOOL

A classic Greek tragedy will take the stage at New Albany High School on Friday.

Sophocles’ “Antigone” opens at 7:30 p.m. According to a news release from the school, two brothers slay one another and leave their sisters in grief, while their uncle takes the throne.

The school was allowed to use a translation from Cornell University’s David Feldsuh, who took a dozen adaptations to maximize its effectiveness on stage. Students will also use 75-foot-long aerial silks for various visual effects.

The March 8 performance at 7:30 p.m. is also scheduled for adjudication for the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska this summer.

The show runs on March 7-8 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8-9 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students. A VIP lounge featuring Greek-themed food is available for $20. For more information, call 812-542-2290.

FLOYD CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL

A secret league saves innocents from unjust executions in Floyd Central’s production of “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” which opens Friday.

Based on a novel by Baroness Orczy, the musical takes a look at a tumultuous time during the French Revolution.

Though the time period is often bloody, the show carries lighthearted music and songs throughout, as well as humorous characters.

The show runs March 7,8,14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizen and $6 for students. For an additional $6, attendees can sit in the VIP section and an hors d’oeuvre lounge during intermission.

For more information, call 812-542-2284.

SILVER CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

Students at Silver Creek will bring the fantasy of an old man to life using just a record player.

The school’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” opens Friday night. An old man who adores Broadway shows narrates his perspective of one as he listens to it on a record player from his armchair.

The show runs from March 7-9 and March 14-16. Tickets cost $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens and $6 for students. VIP tickets can be purchased for $15. For more information or to order tickets, call 812-246-7440.

PROVIDENCE

Students at Our Lady of Providence Junior-Senior High School will open their production of “The Sound of Music” on Saturday.

According to a news release of the show, it follows the story of Maria, a young woman looking to become a nun, but leaves to serve as a governess for seven children in Austria.

The show runs March 8, 14 and 15 at 7:30 p.m. and March 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for children through the eighth grade. For more information, call 812-945-2538 ext. 328.

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Judy Lunsford works on a lesson plan for her students with fellow teachers, Ellen Rothstein and Adam Stephens, in her classroom at Northaven Elementary in Jeffersonville Wednesday afternoon. Lunsford, a new addition to Northaven, will be teaching second grade.

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