2018-04-22 / Dining & Entertainment

NL drama to present medley of TV classics

By Mandilee Hecht
Staff Reporter


New Lothrop drama students are shown here during rehearsals Thursday, April 19. It will feature a variety of TV classics including a murder mystery, “Hee Haw” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” 
Photo by Mandilee Hecht New Lothrop drama students are shown here during rehearsals Thursday, April 19. It will feature a variety of TV classics including a murder mystery, “Hee Haw” and “The Carol Burnett Show.” Photo by Mandilee Hecht NEW LOTHROP – New Lothrop Area Public Schools students will soon relay a classic era of television through its upcoming production of Just Three Channels.

The dinner theatre fundraiser, set for April 27 – 29, will feature popular versions of vintage TV viewing. Students will perform scenes from Abbott and Costello, “Donny and Marie,” “Hee Haw,” “The Carol Burnett Show” and a murder mystery, said director Mary Jane Krupp.

The medley of TV classics is intended the simulate the channel surfing that took place in those days, “without a remote control,” Krupp reminded. It will bounce between shows, like a live version of channel surfing.

The production will start out with a scene from the murder mystery “Alibis,” followed by “Hee Haw,” back to “Alibis” and then a sketch from “The Carol Burnett Show.”

Act two will kick off with Abbott and Costello, followed by “Alibis,” “Donny and Marie,” “Hee Haw,” and will end with the finale of “Alibis.”

“The music varies from the queens of country of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette; to a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll from Donny and Marie; to other classics including the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and the Jackson Five,” Krupp said.

This annual spring production serves as the fundraiser for the junior and senior high school prom with half of the proceeds going toward the junior class, who hosts the prom, and half toward the New Lothrop Drama Club.

The meal will be served in the high school cafeteria, immediately followed by the feature-length play in the auditorium.

On Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28, doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:45 p.m. and the show kicking off at 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, April 29 the matinee will open its doors at 12:30 p.m., with lunch at 12:45 p.m. and the show at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person.

Students in grades sixth through 12th are involved in the show, with 24 total volunteering their time either on or off the stage.

Krupp said students have been working hard, with rehearsals at least three times a week since January.

She said last fall’s production of “High School Musical” appealed to the younger generation. She hopes this performance will speak to a different generation and help bring back memories of that era.

Krupp would also like to give thanks to volunteers Yoly Keith, Colleen Bitternman, Mary and Victoria Polletti, and Lisa Williams; former New Lothrop Drama Club students and assistant directors Alice Hickens and Allie Reed; and the New Lothrop PTO.

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