Lakeside Upper School students are in the spotlight this March in “Circus!” — three evenings of one-act plays performed and directed by Lakeside students. This year, all the plays have been written by Lakeside students or recent alumni, including Hannah Wang ’17 and Kate Chesnutt ’19.
Performances, which are free of charge, will be held Tuesday, March 24, Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26 in St. Nicholas Auditorium. Shows start at 6 p.m., and are anticipated to end by 7:30 p.m. Please note that some plays contain mature language and subject matter.
A selection of the seven plays will be performed each evening; each play will be performed twice. “It is a program-wide celebration,” said Upper School drama teacher Alban Dennis. “It encompasses all areas: acting, writing, directing, producing, and technical theater. The students are taking control, doing the work, and applying all that they are learning.”
On Thursday, March 26, Lakeside 6th graders in drama present their “Seattle Stories” — short vignettes based on real events from students’ lives, linked by common geography. Once introduced to the class, each story becomes a collaborative piece of theater, with students joining in to play other characters, act as set pieces and provide sound effects — whatever the storyteller needs to paint a picture of their experience for the audience. “I love the way it honors the drama-worthy material in every person’s life,” said Middle School drama teacher Jenny Estill.
Performances are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Evans Theater at the Middle School. Doors open at 3:55 p.m. and 6:45 p.m, and the performances should last about 40 minutes.