ATHOL — Each time Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland wanted to provide you with cash quick to cowl some urgent “emergency,” one in every of them would shout, “Hey! Yo lo se! We’ll placed on a present!” And in a dizzyingly quick time frame voila! — knowledgeable grade musical manufacturing would magically fall collectively and wow an ecstatically receptive viewers.
As Julie Bouchard can let you know, that is not the way it occurs. Bouchard is an Athol Excessive College school member who can be producing and directing the AHS Theater Division presentation of Shrek.
“The hardest half for me,” Bouchard defined, “has been we have misplaced a number of individuals who have been leads, and we have needed to exchange folks final minute who will solely get six or seven rehearsals.
“What’s additionally powerful is funding. We’re having hassle with our sound system; our speaker blew. So, maintaining the theater updated on the entire has been actually tough. I believe we’d like extra sources.”
Requested in regards to the alternative of Shrek, Bouchard stated, “We’re attempting to determine this system right here, we’re attempting to construct it up. I believe doing one thing that is unknown, the place we do not have entry to units and props and costumes, can be very tough while you’re ranging from the bottom up.”
Bouchard defined that she was in a position to borrow about 80% of the costumes and a number of the background surroundings from a buddy, Linda Tomasi, on the Eagle Hill College in Hardwick.
“So, I stated, ‘Everyone loves Shrek.’ It is a family-friendly present. I’ve at all times been geared round doing family-friendly exhibits as a result of then folks deliver their children. Adults like it. It is acquainted, children comprehend it.
“And it isn’t a large forged. It is type of a various forged, which implies a variety of the characters will be performed by both males or females. And I used to be conversant in it. I did the choreography, and I used to be within the present (for an additional manufacturing), so I believe turning into conversant in a present makes it 100 occasions simpler.”
With regards to funding, Bouchard stated, “Now we have had a major donation constituted of Derek Zanga, that was 2018. We have been pulling from that cash to pay for royalties. The royalties alone are $1,300 per present. Royalties are in all probability the largest expense.
“Clearly, donations can be superior, to the Athol Theater Division, as a result of we certain may use it. However with COVID and the whole lot, we actually have not had time to fundraise. So hopefully we will get again to that to get this off the bottom. I imply theater departments are huge and there is a lot concerned.”
Along with the royalties, bills for Shrek, Bouchard stated, embody costumes, knowledgeable make-up artist, and materials leases.
Bouchard stated foyer proceeds from this weekend’s performances shall be going to the Charlie Russell Scholarship Fund, which she began three years in the past. The annual scholarship goes to a senior who has been actively concerned in any method within the AHS Theater Division for 2 years. The scholar’s participation needn’t be as a performer. They might be concerned with technical design, artwork design, lighting design, or different actions.
“So, I encourage folks to make donations,” stated Bouchard. “They will make it to the Normal Athol Excessive College Theater Division. All of foyer proceeds go to the scholarship itself.”
The curtain will rise on the manufacturing this Friday at 7 pm, Saturday at 1 pm and seven pm, and Sunday at 4 pm Performances are in the highschool auditorium, and tickets are $10 on the door.
The forged of the AHS manufacturing of Shrek contains: Shrek — Joe Grant, Fiona — Alma White, Donkey — Lacey Mae Mason, Lord Farquad — Loren Bennington, Dragon — Ann DeBarros, Mama Ogre — Donna Lajoie, Papa Ogre — Jason Burns, Captain /Guard — Zander Laprise, Teen Fiona — Lilyana Robichaud, Younger Fiona — Addison L’Ecuyer, Pinocchio — Tiffany Cruz, Little Bo Peep — Maya Hamilton, Pied Piper — Micaela Riel, Goldilocks — Melania Lemoine, Huge Unhealthy Wolf – Kelly Kaczmarczyk, Peter Pan — Brohden Whitney, Gingy — Bronwyn Whitney, 3 Little Pigs — Luciana Allaby, Jordyn Raymond, and Stella Mason, Ugly Duckling — Nia Brito, Depraved Witch — Olivia Mason, Mama Bear — Madison Choquette, Child Bear — Religion Mason
Manufacturing Workers: Director, Music Director, and Choreographer — Julie Bouchard, Stage Supervisor — Cody Germain, Set Design — Laura and Jason Robinson, Mild Design — Laura Smith, Sound — Lauren Romag and Kyra Faustin, Costumes — Sharon Euvard, Kerri Ann Mason , and Linda Tomasi, Assistant—Eliana Rivera.
Stage crew: Supervisor — Cody Germain, additionally Sara Day, Brooke Mehigan, Shyla Barnes, Erisbel Pena, Abby Frey, Kiley Cote, and Elizabeth LeClaire.
Program/Ticket Designs: Madison Choquette. Set piece/Cave: Santiago Arroyo/eighth grade pupil. Set Items: Alyssa Robinson, Jacob Knowles, Josh Ayles.
Greg Vine will be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.