Summer Theater Opportunities Abound
by Kaitlyn Culpepper
The WHS theatre department has seen a lot of growth in the past few years, selling more and more tickets to each show, and with a brand new stage for the 2014-’15 school year, the future looks even brighter. What’s unfortunate is the fact that for some students, the couple of productions put on that stage will be the only ones they see in a year. Many are unaware of all the other opportunities involving theatre right here in Frederick, especially those in the summertime.
The Fredericktown Players, or FtP as it is commonly referred to, is one community theatre group that continues doing plays into the summer. Some have been confused into thinking that only those who attend FCC can participate in the group, when in reality FtP simply uses the college as their venue. They do sometimes pick shows with an age limit, such as 16 and older or 18+, but other auditions are open to practically anyone. Whether one is interested in coming to enjoy a show or being a part of one, searching them up on Facebook is a good place to start.
This summer, FtP did the musical All Shook Up, a hysterical show where the plot of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night meets the 1950s and Elvis. It had audience members laughing out loud, tearing up, and walking away with songs in their heads that wouldn’t leave for days, each of the five nights it was performed. The set was elegant in its simplicity, the costumes vibrant, and the energy of both the band and the cast contagious.
In fact, our very own Hanna McWilliams, a senior this year, took on a supporting lead role after a cast mate had to quit, only a week before opening night. She was able to learn all of her lines and songs in such little time with incredible dedication and professionalism. About the experience of being in All Shook Up with FtP, Hanna says, “The cast was very supportive and the entire experience helped me grow as an actress. I had a lot of fun, and hope to return next summer.”