The success of musicals like La La Land and Hamilton has broken the barrier of a niche theater crowd, bringing the art of song and dance back to a mainstream audience. Toledo’s many community theater options and venues for traveling shows give locals a chance to fill their song and dance craving, but many forget that local high schools have a thriving theater scene starring bright young students in the area. If you would like to see some stars on the rise, the following is a listing of upcoming shows put on by area high schools.
Southview High School Presents Legally Blonde the Musical
The hit Reese Witherspoon film Legally Blonde transfers to the stage with original music. Sorority queen Elle Woods follows her ex-boyfriend to law school in an attempt to win back his love. While there, she realizes that the legal world is a perfect fit for her unique talents. 7:30pm/April 6-8,2:30pm/April 9. $12. Sylvania Southview High School, 7225 W. Sylvania Ave, Sylvania. 419-824-8580. southviewtheatre.org
Bedford High School Presents Oliver! The Musical
Oliver, an orphan boy, finds himself caught in a world of crime and pick pocketing in the classic musical Oliver! Includes the iconic songs “Where Is Love,” “Consider Yourself” and “Food Glorious Food.” April 7th and 8th at 8pm. $15. The Bedford High School Theater, 8285 Jackman Rd., Temperance. 734-850-6100. bedford.k12.mi.us
Ottawa Hills High School Presents “High School Musical”
Ottawa Hills High School adapts this hit Disney Channel movie for the stage. When athlete Troy Bolton falls for an academic decathlon member Gabriella Montez, they find that their expected high school roles are challenged.Features the songs “We are All in This Together,” “Status Quo” and “Get Your Head in the Game.” April 21-22 at 7:30pm, April 23rd at 2pm. $10. Ottawa Hills High School Theater, 2532 Evergreen Rd., Ottawa Hills. 419-346-1933. ohschools.k12.oh.us
Perrysburg High School Presents “Crazy for You”
“Crazy for You” gives the style and feel of a classic Broadway show, complete with dancing and infectious music by George Gershwin. When banker Bobby Child is sent to foreclose a theater in a small town, he falls for a local woman who has a connection with the theater he is assigned to close. April 27th, 28th and 29th at 7:30pm, and April 30th at 2:30pm. $13. Perrysburg High School Theater, 13385 Roachton Rd, Perrysburg. 419-874-9131. perrysburgschools.net
Maumee Valley Country Day Presents “Footloose”
The classic 1984 Kevin Bacon film is adapted for the stage in a high energy musical experience. The music includes the mega-hit ‘80s songs “Footloose,” “I’m Holding Out for a Hero” and “Almost Paradise.” Ren McCormack is a teenager from Chicago that loves to dance for fun and to relieve stress. His world is flipped upside down when he moves from chicago to the city of Bomont, where dancing is outlawed. He makes the situation more complicated when he falls for the daughter of the minister who created the laws in the town.April 27th-28th/ 7:30pm, April 30th/2pm. $12/adults, $10/kids. Maumee Valley Country Day, 1715 S Reynolds Rd., 419-381-1313. Mvcds.org
St. Francis de Sales High School Presents “Big Fish: The Musical”
“Big Fish:The Musical” is based on the 2003 Tim Burton film and novel by Daniel Wallace. William Bloom struggles to separate fact from fiction in his father’s fantastical stories. May 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th at 7:30pm. $15. The Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd, Sylvania. 419-214-5474. sfstoledo.org/musical
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