Carmel Apprentice Theatre to show production of “Annie,” “Annie Warbucks”­ back-to-back

Senior Lydia Rusin listens to advice from a consultant on how to match her makeup to the time period of “Annie” while an adult volunteer helps her put up her hair. Rusin said she decided to join the cast because there were not going to be cuts to the cast list.

Emily Carlisle

November 15, 2019

The Carmel Apprentice Theatre (CAT) draws together theater veterans coming to play a role of a lifetime, with apprentices curious to perform for the first time in their life. Fearless artists and shy apprentices will perform alongside each other to create great theatre, great community, and great fun—the...

Carrying the Banner: Civic Theatre’s new adaptation of “Newsies” production provides opportunities, lessons of character

FIGHT CLUB: Michael Geary (right), a freshman playing Elmer in “Newsies,” practices fight choreography. He said this is his first time in a show with adults.

Emily Carlisle

April 19, 2019

"The woild is yer erster.” This line from the Disney-hit musical “Newsies” is exactly what Civic Theatre lives by this season. “Newsies” is based off a true story of struggle and triumph over oppression and control, and it shows that the underdogs can prevail if they work hard enough and do ...

Bring It On!: Spring musical targets high school audience, makes adaptations from original version

Kyle Barker, associate director of choirs, plays the piano during a rehearsal. Barker said he hopes that this musical will target a different audience.

Grace Xu

March 22, 2019

For this year’s spring musical, CHS will take the contemporary route by putting on the show “Bring It On.” The show centers around Campbell, who is the cheerleading captain of an affluent school before she moves to a less well-off school and has to adapt. While  CHS has showcased musicals in the past targe...

Practically Perfect in Every Way: Mary Poppins Returns Review by Emily Carlisle

Practically Perfect in Every Way: Mary Poppins Returns Review by Emily Carlisle

Emily Carlisle

January 13, 2019

Director Rob Mar’s “Mary Poppins Returns” is the sequel to the 1964 Disney classic, “Mary Poppins.” In this movie, viewers revisit a grown up Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) as they struggle with “The Great Slump” or The Great Depression. Once again, Mary Poppins (Emily...

Females of Peter and the StarCatcher: The February production features several females playing male roles, challenging the idea of a male-dominated theater

Junior Sophia Hughes and senior Jason Murray vocally rehearse in an act and scene of “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Hughes will play the male role of Bill Slank.

Kassandra Darnell

January 25, 2018

Gender bending within theater has been a common practice since the ancient times and is mostly associated with roles written by William Shakespeare. Back then, having a typically female role played by a male actor only occurred because it was not seen as acceptable for women to act in any kind of pl...

It’s A Hard Knock Life: Freshmen cast in “Annie” discuss struggles of managing school work, rehearsals

Freshman Emily Chrzanowski, second from the right, rehearses a number from the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre’s production of “Annie” as an orphan. As a freshman, Chrzanowski has to manage her first year of high school with hours of rehearsal each week.

Da-Hyun Hong, Reporter

October 26, 2017

Shows such as “Godspell,” “Hello, Dolly” and “Phantom of the Opera” are only a few of the past shows put on at this school, but theater students also gravitate toward productions outside of school; that includes the current production of “Annie” at the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, whic...

Secrets of the Phantom: CHS tech crew works to bring spring musical to life

Jack McDougall, technical crew member and junior, glues a pipe to the prop organ. The organ is the Phantom's instrument of choice in the musical.

Emily Worrell, Entertainment Reporter

April 20, 2017

More than eight months ago—on Aug. 12, 2016, to be exact—the CHS Spring Musical Twitter account officially announced that this year’s spring musical would be “The Phantom of the Opera.” The post said, “This is going to be a show of epic proportions!” Not long after this announcement, Chri...

CHS students explain ‘Hamilton’s sudden popularity as it comes to a closer location

CHS students explain ‘Hamilton’s  sudden popularity as it comes to a closer location

Hannah Glazier, Entertainment reporter

September 16, 2016

“I definitely recommend the musical, even if you're not into musical theatre. I feel so much more connected to the history because I have seen a really cool interpretation,” Reese said. “Give it a listen because it's a really powerful show and it'll change your life.”

Students weigh advantages, disadvantages of modern spring musical

Students weigh advantages,  disadvantages of modern spring musical


April 21, 2016

On sept. 4, 2015, the Spring Musical for CHS was announced to be “Bring It On,” a modern musical created in 2012. However, on Feb. 18, 2016, a change in musicals was announced: CHS would still be performing a modern musical, but instead of “Bring It On,” the musical would be the 2012 revised vers...

‘Mary Poppins’ at Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre is ‘Practically Perfect’

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December 16, 2015

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre opened their winter show, “Mary Poppins,” on Friday, Dec. 11. This show, directed and choreographed by Anne Nicole Beck, was an absolute triumph for the theatre. This is a wonderful holiday show for children and adults alike. “Mary Poppins,” based on the 1964 m...

‘The Addams Family’ at Beef & Boards is spooky, funny treat

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October 21, 2015

Going into "The Addams Family" at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, I didn’t know what to expect. I have gone to Beef & Boards shows many times in the past, and performances have ranged from phenomenal to fairly competent. However, I was truly blown away by this show. Coming just in time for th...