The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

November 14, 2013

Geneva to present 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'

Students have opportunities to learn many different aspects of theater production

GENEVA — Geneva High School Theater Department is preparing for the fall production. Students have been rehearsing, advertising and eagerly awaiting the show’s arrival. Robin Christopher, the head of the theater program, has devoted countless hours of work to ensure that the theater program continues to flourish and that every show is the best that it can possibly be – including the current fall show.

Since Mrs. Christopher came to the Theater Department in 2001, she has overseen the production of three shows every year: the fall play, the winter musical and the spring one acts. These yearly shows offer students the opportunity to experience the theater in many different aspects. There are opportunities as actors, stage crew, set design, technical crew, costume design, make-up artists, publicity and many other responsibilities that all come together to produce a quality presentation. Geneva’s theater program gives students the opportunity to contribute to the unique opportunities that each show offers.

Mrs. Christopher admits that she tends to prefer the fall show because it is usually less stressful, but is quick to add that she likes to work with something that has a little depth to it. This attitude is what has kept the Theater Department flourishing at Geneva High School.

“We are choosing not to be in a survival mode, but in a growth mode; nothing is going to stop us from learning,” said Mrs. Christopher.

The lure of presenting challenging productions is what keeps the audiences coming back and the students engaged in the productions. This fall the Geneva Theater Department is presenting the 1920’s production of “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” The show will be presented 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Geneva High School auditorium. The show is a comedy and presents some unique challenges, such as the timing of line delivery and the intense technical elements. The young cast is excited to finally show what their hard work has produced and cannot wait until the first show.

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