Lewisville High School Theatre Department announces 2016-17 season

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The award-winning Lewisville High School Theatre Department has announced its 2016-17 season featuring a mix of high-spirited musicals, riotous comedies and intense dramas featuring some of the area’s most talented student performers.

The season kicks off with Disney’s “High School Musical” for five performances on Oct. 27 through 30. Ten years ago, this musical romp took the world by storm when it premiered on the Disney Channel. Show times at the LHS Stuver Auditorium are 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and 2 p.m. Oct. 30. Tickets are $10 for general seating and $15 premier seating. Season tickets also are available.

Two high school juniors from rival cliques, basketball captain Troy and shy transfer student Gabriella, try out for lead roles in their high school play and inadvertently divide the school before they and their classmates rally around the concepts of friendship and perseverance.

“The Laramie Project” will be presented Dec. 1-3. This play by Moises Kaufman debuted in 2000 and revisits the 1998 murder of gay university student Matthew Shepard through recreated interviews, news reports, journal entries and personal reflections about a tragic event that rocked the nation. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

Two shows will be presented as a double-feature performance on Jan. 19 through 21, “The Insanity of Mary Girard” and “The Beggar’s Opera.” The former is a dramatic story about a woman who is committed to an asylum by her husband after she becomes pregnant with another man’s child. Over time, an environment of chaos and fear causes the formerly sane woman to truly become insane. The latter show was penned in 1728 by John Gay as a satire on Italian opera. It uses common tunes and ordinary characters to satirize politics, poverty and injustice, focusing on the theme of corruption at all levels of society. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

A special Magic Theatre children’s show will be presented March 2. Tickets are $5 for all seats.

The season will close May 5 and 6 with a dessert show performance of “Dearly Departed.” Scripted by American playwright David Dean Bottrell with Jessie Jones, the play is set in the backwoods of the Bible Belt where the Turpin family proves that living and dying in the south is seldom tidy and always hilarious when they try to pull the clan together for their father’s funeral. The off-Broadway production later was adapted into the film “Kingdom Come” starring Whoopi Goldberg, LL Cool J and Jada Pinkett Smith. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students.

For information on LHS Theatre performances, to be a season sponsor or to purchase advance tickets for upcoming shows, visit LewisvilleTheatre.com.