The Bishop Luers High School Performing Arts Department is presenting "The Music Man" on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 PM. The spring musical is a tradition at Bishop Luers, and, despite the pandemic, is being carried on this year. Theatre Director Karlene Krouse, in her 35th year at Bishop Luers, shared the challenges and new directions the program has taken with the production this year:
“The biggest challenge we’ve faced is keeping everyone safe- masked, distanced- but interacting at the same time. We have a cast of over 50, with limited time to practice together as a group, on stage, with sound and lighting. “The Music Man” is a challenging production.
Due to the challenges we have faced over the past year, I decided to add a new dimension in what I knew would be a difficult year for the students. First, I decided to bring in kids from our elementary partner schools. The younger kids were not able to participate in theatre activities at their schools, and we had the capacity to bring them in to our production. Their participation allowed the kids to keep their love of theatre alive and provided valuable experience in a large-scale production. Next, I encouraged alumni involvement. Our alums are always eager to give back, and four of them joined the production- Don Wyss (’93), Kris Andorfer (’10), Stephen Stachofsky (’13) and Jimmy Mitchell (’09). Alumni, current Knights, and future Knights all in one production! It is incredible!”
What should fans of the Bishop Luers theatre program watch for in the coming year?
“We are now offering an additional college level theatre course, which gives us a total of 3. Students can graduate from Bishop Luers with 9 college credits in performing arts, a big leap ahead. We are working to potentially bring back the live dinner theatre, “Café Murder”, and we plan to produce a radio-style production once again at Christmas, along with our traditional Fall drama and Spring musical. Our Sophomore and Junior class are very strong theatrically, so expect another year of incredible productions!"
Tickets for "The Music Man" are on sale now! Performances will be held on Friday, May 7 and Saturday, May 8 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $10.00 per person, and seating is limited! Please call Cindy Griffith in the BLHS Bookstore at 456-1261 ext.3115 to reserve your seats!