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House of the Three-Quarter Round

The crew builds the set for “House of the Seven Gables.” The set was designed to give audiences a unique experience close to the action. Photo by Justin Scherzer, Current Staff.

By Justin Scherzer, Current Staff

The West Bend High Schools’ fall theatrical production will be a significant deviation from their usual shows as the audience will be seated directly on stage for a tale of greed, love and murder.

Director Tonya Fordham and her theatrical cast and crew will put on Vin Morreale Jr.’s play “House of the Seven Gables” Nov. 16-18 at the Silver Lining Arts Center. However, contrary to the majority of productions they put on, this play will be in black box style, meaning the audience will be seated on stage with the performers. Continue reading

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Holmes Finds a Home

Fall play solves the case of the disappearing stage

By Maria Jasen, Current Staff

Even a master sleuth needs a helping hand, and the Drama Club’s fall production of Sherlock Holmes found its Watson on a local hill.

With the high school auditorium out of commission due to renovations, the drama students had to find another place to host the production. Luckily, UW-Washington County came through—and offered the use of their Theatre on the Hill, free of charge. Continue reading

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Real Solutions Underneath the Costumes

Drama Troupe explores social issues at WBHS

By Elizabeth Schreiber, Current Staff

While students and members of the community will be watching Drama Troupe perform, the true focus is not on the performers.  Rather, addressing community struggles and discussing solutions will be the focal point.

After being absent from the drama program for several years, Drama Troupe is returning to the West Bend High Schools.  The program’s goal is to use dramatic arts to reach out to others and the community.  Skits last between three and seven minutes, and are followed by discussion.  Continue reading

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No Lyin’: It Takes Four to Make This Big Cat Roar

By Julia Wiebe, Current Staff

“Things never happen the same way twice, dear one.”
-Aslan

That line, after being written by C.S. Lewis in the original The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, has been spoken by countless actors in countless productions, both on stage and on the big screen, but one thing is for sure: Aslan has never been portrayed quite like this before.

In this year’s drama department production of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, all-powerful protagonist Aslan, a larger-than-life lion, is being played by not one, but four actresses. Carly Gloff, Rachel Uhren, Christine Gan, and Natalie Wanasek are joining forces to bring this character to life.

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