Laughs and Tears: Lafayette High School Theatre Department Is Back!

Every year Lafayette’s various departments reopen and almost always kick off the new year with a bang! For Lafayette’s Theatre Department this is certainly the case. After a tremendous effort the previous year, Lafayette earned a spot to perform in MSHHA’s One Act State Competition. Last year marked the second year in a row that Lafayette’s Theatre Department has attended this event and with the early planning by returning senior Samantha Simmons Lafayette’s One Acts performance should definitely be yet another masterpiece in the works.

However, this year contains the last class of students that appeared in Lafayette’s first trip to the state competition two years prior. A Lot of talent will be leaving at the end of this year, yet with great loss come great surprise. With the effort of the up and coming Freshman, the fantastic Sophomores, and even the impressive Junior Class Lafayette’s Theatre Department will continue to strive with ease.

Now, in the past years Lafayette High School’s musicals have been a thing of wonder. The widely impressive success of “Annie” “Grease” and last year’s rendition of the infamous orphan “Oliver” has brought a huge fan base to Lafayette’s Glorious musicals. This year another cult classic should really steal the show yet again.

“The Sound of Music” has been a show seen and heard in the minds of the public since 1959 and when the motion picture starring Julie Andrews was released in 1965 it became a pop culture icon. With memorable songs, such as the duet between Rolf and Liesl “You are Sixteen Going on Seventeen” to the outstanding vocalization of Julie Andrews in “Do Ray Me”, Lafayette looks to tackle the challenge of yet another ‘world renowned’ musical.

Theatre Director Dr. Shane Heard is not only a veteran in directing musicals, but in some people’s mind he’s seen as a man with the perfect vision for turning high school students into battle hardened pros in the art of theatre. This year however, Dr. Heard has told the students,

“This year is your year. This is your show.”

He couldn’t be anymore right. Students have already began reading a three and a half hour play to cut it into a shorter more fitting version to match their rhythm and style.

So, as you prepare for your football games, your soccer games, or whatever your activity may be, make sure you come see the art and thrilling work of Lafayette’s Theatre Department. This will mark another year full of drama, tears, laughter, and excitement. But, most importantly, another year of memories and to the seniors a heart warming final farewell to one of Lafayette’s most exciting departments.

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