The Class of 2023 Prepares for the Premiere of "Chicago Might Have Talent"!
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Brandon Becker, Director of Performing Arts
The lights and set pieces are about to be hung. Microphones are about to be tested. Costumes are hanging and ready to be worn. And the Class of 2023 is making final preparations for the return of live theater to Bernard Zell in almost two years with the premiere of the seventh-grade play, Chicago Might Have Talent!
Work on the show began last year when students began brainstorming ideas for their original production. When they returned in August, characters were chosen, and through improvisation and collaboration, the play was born. 
Centered around a talent show with temperamental judges, frustrated performers and a crew prone to mistakes—the show is a behind-the-scenes/onstage farce in the tradition of Noises Off and The Play That Goes Wrong. As a result, students dove into learning that comedy is a craft and is much harder than it appears. Through analyzing comedic works, learning comic principles and good ole trial and error, the Class of 2023 hopes that what they have practiced will pay off and audiences will enjoy (and hopefully laugh) at all of the work they have done!
In addition to creating their onstage roles, students tackled a wide variety of backstage positions from assistant directing/dramaturge to costumes/makeup/hair/set/prop design and construction as well as our marketing, program, and shirt design crews.  Everything that audiences have seen (our poster, study guides, etc.) and will see (the set, props, etc.) was made and/or coordinated by our seventh graders. We even have the luxury of a Music Crew which is providing live music throughout the show!
Although seating is limited for the performances we will release a recording of the show in January so everyone can enjoy the incredible work of the Class of 2023 and the world premiere of Chicago Might Have Talent!

   

 

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