Season 39

Advanced Theatre School Student Productions

2020-2021

A Season for Empowerment!

All performances, unless otherwise noted, are presented onstage at
North Coast Repertory Theatre

 

The Neverending Story (Atreyu and the Great Quest)

Adapted by David S. Craig
Based upon the novel by Michael Ende

Performances – October 8-11, 2020
October 8th: 5:30PM
October 9th: 5:30PM
October 10th: 11:30AM & 5:30PM
October 11th: 11:30AM

Told with all the thrills of a classic adventure, the story begins with Bastian, a lonely boy, who stumbles into a curious bookshop where he discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges into life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, a young hunter, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. Atreyu, an orphan, is an unlikely choice, but he accepts and, with his horse and companion, Artax, rides to face the menace. First, he experiences the Nothing and discovers its thoughtless destruction. Then he is guided by a dream to the Swamps of Sadness where he meets Morla, the Ancient One, who reveals another solution. He must find the Childlike Empress a new name. With this new direction, Atreyu faces Ygramul the Many, befriends Falkor the Luck Dragon, and solves the riddles of the three magic gates to meet Uyulala. From her he learns that only a human child can give the Empress a new name. In despair he faces his final test—the werewolf Gmork—and returns to the Childlike Empress without a new name. However, his quest has attracted a human child. It is Bastian himself who calls out a new name for the Empress, and the story rushes to its triumphant and moving conclusion. Commissioned by Seattle Children’s Theatre and Imagination Stage.

Time period: 1979
Settings of play: An attic through the Caretaker’s broom closet, and the Land of Fantastica
Run-time: 85 min, no intermission.
Type of Play: Fantasy
Suggested rating: PG – recommended for grades 2nd & up, but all audiences may enjoy.
          Open to students ages 12-19 to audition
Auditions:
Tuesday & Wednesday, Aug. 25th – 26th with callbacks Thursday, Aug. 27th
Rehearsals:
Tuesdays through Fridays 4:30-8:30PM Sep. 1st – Oct. 2nd
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday through Wednesday 4:30-8:30PM Oct. 5th – 7th

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Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois, and by support from our very special Theatre School donors!
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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

By Anne Sonneville and Clint Sheffer
From the novel by Jules Verne

Performances – February 18-21, 2021
February 18th: 10AM & 5:30PM
February 19th: 10AM & 5:30PM
February 20th: 2PM & 5:30PM
February 21st: 2PM

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We join the prolific naturalist Professor Aronnax, his devoted assistant Conseil and the gritty harpooner Ned Land for an epic journey aboard the Nautilus, the world’s first submarine vessel. Forcefully led by the dangerous and enigmatic Captain Nemo on an unprecedented tour of the seven seas, our three heroes are confronted by harrowing challenges, incredible adventure, and a host of most unusual creatures. They must also wrestle with the dark forces that lurk in the depths of men’s souls if they are ever to return home alive. In this daring new adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic 19th-century saga, an emphasis on action strips this adventure down to its essence, bringing spectacle and ensemble to the fore. While this work is primarily an adaptation of a classic piece of literature, it also contains a hint of satire, which stems from our love of ’80s and ’90s genre films, action-comedies in particular. References to Predator, Die Hard, The Last Boy Scout, Hudson Hawk, The Whole Nine Yards, Jaws and Blade Runner are peppered throughout the script to help lend a contemporary flavor.

Time period: 1870
Settings of play: Inside the Nautilus
Run-time: 80 minutes, no intermission.
Type of Play: Science Fiction Adventure
Suggested rating: PG – recommended for grades 2nd & up, but all audiences may enjoy.
Open to students ages 12-19 to audition
Auditions:
Tuesday & Wednesday, Dec. 29th – 30th with callbacks Thursday, Dec. 31st
Rehearsals:
Tuesdays through Fridays 4:30-8:30PM Jan. 5th – Feb. 12th
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday through Wednesday 4:30-8:30PM Feb. 13th – 14th

  1. Produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY of Woodstock, Illinois

We Will Rock You – Young@Part

Music and Lyrics by Queen
Story and Script by Ben Elton

Performances – April 8-11, 2021
April 8th: 10AM & 5:30PM
April 9th: 10AM & 5:30PM
April 10th: 2PM & 5:30PM
April 11th: 2PM

Featuring more than 20 hit Queen songs, WE WILL ROCK YOU School Edition follows two revolutionaries as they try to save Rock in a post apocalyptic world. Featuring the songs “Another One Bites the Dust,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Killer Queen,” “We Will Rock You,” “Somebody To Love,” “We Are The Champions,” “Don’t Stop Me Now” and many more.
After a victorious 12-year reign and having rocked over 7,376,485 people in a record-breaking 12 years at the London Dominion Theatre, We Will Rock You played its final London performance on May 31 2014. With 4,659 performances played, We Will Rock You achieved the distinction of becoming the longest running show ever at London’s Dominion by a margin of nine years and took its rightful place in London West End history, sitting proudly in the Top 10 longest running musicals of all time. By this time We Will Rock You had been performed in 28 countries around the globe and seen by more than 16 million people.

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Time period: The Future: in a time of globalsoft domination and internet gaga
Settings of play: Various setting from Hinterland, Killer Queen’s Pad, and Hard Rock Café
Run-time: 60 minutes, no intermission.
Type of Play: Musical Comedy Adventure
Suggested rating:
PG-13 – recommended for grades 4th & up, but all audiences may enjoy.
           Open to students ages 12-18 to audition
Auditions: Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb. 23rd – 24th with callbacks Thursday, Feb. 25th
Rehearsals:
Tuesdays through Fridays 4:30-8:30PM Mar. 2nd – Apr. 2nd
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday through Wednesday 4:30-8:30PM Apr. 5th – 7th

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Island of the Blue Dolphins

By Scott O’Dell
Adapted by Donna Inglima

Performances – May 27-30, 2021
May 27th: 10AM & 5:30PM
May 28th: 10AM & 5:30PM
May 29th: 2PM & 5:30PM
May 30th: 2PM

Far off the coast of California looms a harsh rock known as San Nicolas island. Blue dolphins splash in the water surrounding it, sea otters play in the kelp beds, and seabirds roost in its crags. Once, Native Americans also lived on the island – until one day they decided to leave and sailed to the east. A young girl was left behind. Karana is that girl. Year and year, she waits for the ship to come back. But it never does. Finally, she realizes she must make a fateful choice: follow her people on her own or remain alone on the island for the rest of her life.

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Time period: 1815-1853
Settings of play: San Nicolas Island
Run-time: 80 min, no intermission.
Type of Play: Drama
Suggested rating:
 PG – recommended for grades 4th & up, but all audiences may enjoy.
          Open to students ages 12-19 to audition
Auditions:
Tuesday & Wednesday, Apr. 13th – Apr. 14th with callbacks Thursday, Apr. 15th
Rehearsals:
Tuesdays through Fridays 4:30-8:30PM Apr. 20th – May 21st
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday through Wednesday 4:30-8:30PM May 24th – 26th

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Julius Caesar

By William Shakespeare

9 performances at three different outdoor venues in three different cities – FREE admission!

Performances – July 15-17 & July 22-24 & July 29-31, 2021

July 15th: 5:30PM        July 22nd: 5:30PM       July 29th: 5:30PM
July 16th: 5:30PM        July 23rd: 5:30PM        July 30th: 5:30PM
July 17th: 5:30PM        July 24th: 5:30PM        July 31st: 5:30PM

Jealous conspirators convince Caesar’s friend Brutus to join their assassination plot against Caesar. To stop Caesar from gaining too much power, Brutus and the conspirators kill him on the Ides of March. Mark Antony drives the conspirators out of Rome and fights them in a battle.

Time period: 44 BCE
Settings of play: Rome
Run-time: 2 hours, plus intermission
Type of Play: Historic Tragedy
Suggested rating:
 PG – recommended for grades 2nd & up, but all audiences may enjoy.
          Open to students ages 12-19 to audition
Auditions:
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jun. 1st – 2nd, callbacks Thursday, Jun. 3rd
Rehearsals:
Tuesdays through Fridays 4:30-8:30PM Jun. 8th – Jul. 9th
Tech/Dress Rehearsals: Monday through Wednesday 4:30-8:30PM July 12th – July 14th, July 19th – 21st & July 26th – 28th

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