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Spring Branch ISD high school musicals open

January 28, 2019

High school drama students are in the midst of musical season, with three high schools either currently or about to stage plays featuring song and dance.

Leading the way is Spring Woods High School, which is currently staging “The Drowsy Chaperone.” The Tony Award-winning musical opened Friday, Jan. 25, at Spring Woods High School.

The musical recounts the story of a Broadway fanatic called The Man in the Chair who seeks to end his own sadness by listening to a recording of a fictional 1928 musical comedy. Playing the record, a song-and-dance cast from the recording suddenly appears to the fan.

Remaining shows are scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for STAR card holders.

For more information on the production, go to https://tinyurl.com/y7jakpvh.

‘My Fair Lady’ at Memorial High

Memorial Theatre students are presenting the musical “My Fair Lady,” which has been billed by Broadway professionals as “the perfect musical.” The seven-show production is the second offering presented in the high school troupe’s yearlong calendar known as The Artisan Collection.

“My Fair Lady” is based on George Bernard Shaw’s play “Pygmalion,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. It tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes her speech lessons from Professor Henry Higgins to improve her class standing. The original Broadway show starred Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews, and the 1956 Broadway show set records for longest run at the time.

More than 100 Memorial High student actors and technicians will perform shows at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 through Feb. 2, and also Feb. 7-9. A matinee performance will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 9.

On Friday and Saturday evenings, guests may shop in the special Covent Garden Market and buy trinkets or order flowers for their favorite cast member. A VIP Room will be back by popular demand. On Feb. 9, a special Eliza in the Flower Market and Meet the Cast meeting and a reception will be held.

For more information, go to http://mhstheatre.com.

‘Newsies’ at Stratford High

Fans of Broadway musicals will be delighted when a production of “Newsies” opens at the Stratford High Playhouse on Jan. 31. Playhouse productions will all be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1-2 and Feb. 7-9. Matinees at 2:30 p.m. will be held on Feb. 2 and Feb. 9.

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebel newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from New York City. After publishing magnate Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Jack and his fellow “newsies” take action.

Helped by a local reporter, all New York City soon beholds the power of the small, but mighty army of newsboys.

For more information, go to www.shsplayhouse.org.

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