ST. JOHN | The Lake Central Theatre Company of Lake Central High School will perform in Lincoln, Neb. this June, but before heading west, the young thespians are treating local theatergoers to a preview.
"Drum Taps," a readers’ theater play that brings Walt Whitman’s Civil War poetry to life, is this year’s contest play.
A benefit performance is slated for 7 p.m. April 11 in the Lake Central High School LGI, 8400 U.S. 41. Admission will be by freewill donations, with all proceeds funding the students’ cost of attending the June trip to perform their contest play at the International Thespian Festival in Nebraska. Complimentary dessert refreshments will be served at intermission.
The June performance is part of the festival’s Chapter Select series, representing the best theater from individual states as nominated by a panel of judges.
"Drum Taps" earned Lake Central a third place ranking at the Regional Conference in November, and seventh place at the State Conference in January.
It went into the State Conference as one of the shows with a request to be adjudicated for the Chapter Select program and was named runner-up to Brown County High School. Unfortunately, Brown County's theater group is unable to travel, and Lake Central was moved up to the Chapter Select spot for Indiana.
The International Thespian Festival brings high school thespians and their directors together for a week of performances, workshops, individual event competitions and scholarship auditions. Schools from all over the U.S. as well as Europe, Canada, Africa, and Australia also attend. It is sponsored by the Educational Theatre Association.
Fundraising events are being planned by the Lake Central Theatre Company to help defray the cost of the conference, about $850 per student for the week.