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Two weeks, four musicals in Clear Creek ISD

January 25, 2019

Clear Creek ISD theater departments are offering four popular musicals, with Clear Falls High School’s “Beauty and the Beast” and Clear Lake High’s “The Drowsy Chaperone” underway and the 2013 Broadway version of “Cinderella” opening at Clear Creek High on Jan. 25.

Next up on Jan. 31 is Clear Springs High School’s production of “Hairspray.”

Both “Hairspray” and “The Drowsy Chaperone” will compete with other Houston-area high school musicals at the 17th annual Tommy Tune Awards in April, along with Clear Brook High’s production last October of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The competition, which is sponsored by Theatre Under the Stars, culminates in a Tony Award-style ceremony held each spring at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Houston.

“Beauty and the Beast” at Clear Falls

“Beauty and the Beast” opened Jan. 24 at Clear Falls High School Auditorium, 4380 Village Way, in League City. The live-action version of the only animated film ever nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards will continue at 7 p.m. Jan. 25-26 and 31 and Feb. 1-2.

In it, such beloved Disney characters as Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth and Chip watch anxiously to see if a monstrous beast can learn to love and be loved in return before a magical rose loses its last petal.

Tickets are $10 for students and children, and $12 for adults.

Ticketing information is available at http://clearfalls.booktix.com .

“The Drowsy Chaperone” at Clear Lake

Billed as a family friendly “musical within a comedy,” “The Drowsy Chaperone” opened Jan. 24 at Clear Lake High School Auditorium, 2929 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston, and continues with performances at 7 p.m. Jan. 25-27, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1-2.

In it, a traditional Broadway musical comes alive in a lonely man’s apartment when the show’s main character, who is identified simply as “Man in Chair,” drops the needle on an old phonograph record, causing the stage to fill with music, mix-ups and mayhem.

Tickets are $10 for students and children, and $12 for adults.

Ticketing information is available at https://clearlakechoir.ludus.com .

“Cinderella” at Clear Creek

“Cinderella” opens Jan. 25 at Clear Creek High School Auditorium, 2305 E. Main St., in League City. Performances are at 7 p.m. that day and Jan. 26 and Feb. 1-2 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

Originally presented on television in 1957 with Julie Andrews as its star, the musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium.

Its adaptation for the stage in 2013 introduced a new generation of fans to a Cinderella who is empowered by more than feeling pretty and landing a prince for a husband.

One thing that hasn’t changed: hearts still soar when the glass slipper fits.

Tickets are $7 for students and seniors, and $10 for adults

Ticketing information is available at www.clearcreektheatre.com and www.clearcreekchoir.com .

“Hairspray” at Clear Springs

“Hairspray” opens at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 at Clear Springs High School Performing Arts Center, 501 Palomino Ln., in League City. Performances will continue at 7 p.m. Feb. 1-2 and 8-9, and 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10.

The Tony Award-winning musical stars Brilyn Fletcher as perky Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad and Jimmy Andrews in the cross-dressing role of Tracy’s plump, dowdy mother, Edna Turnblad.

“Being that Edna is played by a male, it can’t help but be funny by its very nature,” director Mark Stonebarger s aid. “Jimmy is doing a great job, and he’s such a great student he should be one of the highlights of the show.”

Although “Hairspray” is set in 1962, the director said, “It deals with issues that are still part of our society today. The issues of body shaming and prejudice and segregation are on display. My favorite number — there are many — but if I had to choose one that really is touching and inspiring, it’s ‘I Know Where I’ve Been,’ that Motormouth Maybelle sings. It is an anthem of sorts that reflects on the past while still endeavoring to fulfill promises of a brighter future.”

Arielle Roberts portrays Motormouth Maybelle, along with Elijah Torres as Link Larkin, Hannah Hayes (Penny Pingleton), Cayden McCoy (Seaweed), Hayley Dougherty (Velma Von Tussle), Kyla Cameron (Amber Von Tussle), Moses Dennis (Wilbur Turnblad) and Noah Carlin (Corny Collins).

“’Hairspray’ is full of energy, with dances and comedy throughout,” Stonebarger said. “It leaves one hoping for a better tomorrow.”

Ticket are $10 for students, seniors and children, and $15 for adults.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.chargerstage.com .

Don Maines is a freelance writer who can be reached at donmaines@att.net

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