WHS Players Offers Free Musical Performances at Cravath Lakefront Amphitheater, Reservations Required (Update: Phone # corrected)

Article Submitted by Jim McCulloch
Whitewater High School Drama Director
Photos Courtesy of Tom Ganser

The Whitewater High School Drama department will be excited to present their Spring Musical, “Summer Shorts,” on May 21, at 7 p.m., and May 22-23, at 2 p.m., at the new Cravath Lakefront Amphitheater.  

Live music, singing and dancing is what “Summer Shorts” is all about. We have assembled a patchwork of whimsical and touching stories, skits, and songs from beloved movies and Broadway shows about friendship, family, and summer fun! Just what we all need right about now. Laugh ‘til you cry, or cry ‘til you laugh. Either way, “Summer Shorts” has something for every member of the family to enjoy.  What better way to celebrate the return of live entertainment than outdoors under the stars.

The show is directed by Jim McCulloch, musical direction by Elizabeth Elliott, technical support by Kat Dunham and Tony Hansen. The talented ensemble includes: Maggie Jay, Ella Willman, Lauren Rollette, Marco Wence, Madison Strickler, Josh Kirley, Skylar Staebler, Chloe Prince, Ben McCulloch, Cosette Wildermuth-Breitzman, Carter Waelchli, Anderson Waelchli, Haley Street, Ilana Lothes, Ayden Clark, Alex Sullivan, and Payton Bunger. Stage crew members are: Alejandra Diaz-Gallegos, Emerson Dunham, Claire Tourdot, Sammie VanDaele, Lucas Scherer, Lucy Troxel, Emma Weigel, Cole Schlicher, Kayla Mikos, Abby Olsen, Gwen Yeager, and Keith Cameron. Band members include: keyboard Liz Elliott; drums, Tim Hummel; and bass, Caleigh Judd.

Public performances will be given at the Cravath Lake Amphitheater on May 21- 23. Admission to the events is free, but reservations are required. Patrons must reserve a private “pod” to attend this event. Pods are 8′ x 8′ square outlines painted on the grass. Each pod can seat up to 8 guests, and pods are spaced apart to help maintain social distancing. Blankets, lawn chairs, non-alcoholic beverages, and picnics are encouraged. There are 2 points of entry to the performance space where guests can check in upon arrival. Ushers will then take them to their pods. Pods open 1 hour prior to any performance.  Admission is free; however, donations will be gladly accepted. All proceeds will go to the Anne and Lane Kuske Drama Scholarship fund. This annual scholarship is awarded to a WHS graduate who is pursuing a degree in theatre.

For reservations please call the WHS box office at 262-472-8178, or email: jmcculloch@wwusd.org for more information.  Shows will be moved indoors in case of bad weather.

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