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Webster CSD: The shows must go on!

Webster's theater students find creative ways to perform during the pandemic




(Webster Central School District)


Webster, NY - COVID restrictions have created inherent problems for Webster CSD’s theater groups as they seek to share their love of theater with the community. But, as they say… The show must go on!

The first to tackle the challenge this school year was the Webster Thomas Drama Club. How did they overcome it? They created an original production that allowed performers to social distance. The Webster Thomas Radio Hour revives the feel of old-time radio shows of the 1940s; however, instead of listening in on a radio, the Titans are inviting everyone to tune in on their electronic devices. Go online to "News" at websterschools.org to see "The Case of the Missing Mallets," "The Adventures of the Time-traveling Athenians," "The Return of Professor Z to the Planet of the Beyond," "Murder on the Rochester Express," and "Francis Fisher -- Ghost Hunter." The roughly two-hour production also includes student scripted sketches and commercials.

Spry Middle School Drama Club will also share their performance online after performing it live March 18-20 for studio audiences comprised mostly of family. The One Act Play Festival includes "Pajama Party," "Four Little Words," "Goldilocks on Trial," and "Not so Grimm Tales." Plus, soloists and small group ensembles will entertain the audience during intermission.

Once streaming of the One Act Play Festival becomes available, the district will announce it on its website and through its social media: Facebook (@WebsterCentralSchools) and Twitter (@WCSDProud). The same is true for Webster Schroeder Musicals’ upcoming production of the Addams Family.

Coming to Webster Schroeder High School April 23 and 24th for small audiences and live stream, The Addams Family is a creepy, kooky comedy musical about a ghoulish family that loves all things macabre. Daughter, Wednesday, has fallen in love with a “normal” boy that her parents have never met and who she secretly plans to wed. When the two families gather at for a get-to-know-one another dinner at the Addams’ home hilarity ensues.

As this time, Willink Drama Club is in the planning stages for a musical revue utilizing songs and dances from some of their past productions. Again, students will perform it for intimate audiences (mostly family), May 14 and 15th, and then share it virtually.

The Schroeder Theater Company has adjusted appropriately to give student-performers and the Webster community an experience like never before. Our Place, a dramedy by Terry Gabbard, is coming this June as the school’s first ever entirely filmed production: no curtains, no stage!

Everyone has a special place they consider their own, but what happens when that same place belongs to 13 others? This one-of-a-kind show will be available to stream via the Webster Schroeder High School web page on June 3 and 4th. Ticket information will be announced closer to show dates.

Webster Thomas Players are also taking a slightly different twist to sharing their production. They will perform Cabaret live outdoors June 17-19 at 7:30 p.m. nightly at the Penfield Amphitheater in the Veterans Memorial Park (behind Penfield Town Hall), 3100 Atlantic Avenue. Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of May.

Cabaret takes place in Berlin, Germany after the end of World War I and as the Nazi party begins its rise. It follows struggling American writer Clifford Bradshaw and vivacious cabaret performer Sally Bowles and the highs and lows of their relationship. Along the way the Emcee of the seedy Kit Kat Club and members of the boarding house where the couple lives help to reflect the dramatic changes taking place in Germany from 1929-30. The Webster Thomas Players' production of Cabaret will be appropriate for all audiences.

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