It’s the news you have all been waiting for! Last year we coined the summer “The Summer of Blood” considering the season of shows we had. This year I think we will name “The Summer of Love” as all of these shows celebrate and highlight the importance of community, ensemble, friendship, love, family, and all of the wonderful things we focus on at Conservatory every year anyway! We are so excited to get to work on these shows with our incredible teams and students.
- The Wingspan Players (middle school) show will be:
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Based on a story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a band he vows to organize – this despite the fact he doesn’t know a trombone from a treble clef. His plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when he falls for Marian the librarian, who transforms him into a respectable citizen by curtain’s fall.
- The Wingspan Ensemble (high school) Play will be:
Written by Thornton Wilder
“No curtain. No scenery.” A minimalist theatrical style sets apart the 1938 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Wilder’s greatest and best-known work as a playwright, Our Town opens with the Stage Manager’s introduction to Grover’s Corners, a fictional town in New Hampshire. We then meet the inhabitants of this town and follow their lives through the three acts titled: “Daily Life”, “Love & Marriage”, and of course “Life & Death”. This is one of the most acclaimed and most performed shows of all time and for good reason!
- The Wingspan Ensemble (High School) Musical will be:
Book by John Michael Tebelak
Music and New Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Michael Tebelak
Based on The Gospel According to St. Matthew
Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children Of Eden); and it took the world by storm.
A group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs ranging in style from pop to vaudeville is employed as the story of Jesus’s life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus’s messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.