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Welcome to the 2013-2014 season of Hillcrest High School Theatre!

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby - Part 1

January 23, 24, and 25, and February 1 (matinee).

The saga begins ... 

In 1980, the Royal Shakespeare Company adapted Charles Dickens’ epic novel Nicholas Nickleby into a two-part theatrical event. The production won every award imaginable, and much critical acclaim before moving to Broadway, winning multiple Tony Awards, and becoming one of the most memorable theatrical events in theatre history. Since then, the production is rarely performed due to the overwhelming size and scope of the story. Following Nicholas and his sister Kate as they fight for their family and love after the death of their father is at times inspiring, exciting, and hysterical. In the largest undertaking yet from Hillcrest’s Productions Company, 32 of the school’s most advanced theatre students will play more than 100 characters in 75 scenes that tell the story of one of the most epic and character-building journeys in all of literature. Experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime event, which will span over two evenings of theatre, will definitely be a highlight for audiences of all kinds.

The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby - Part 2

January 30 and 31, and February 1.

And the epic conclusion ...  

In 1980, the Royal Shakespeare Company adapted Charles Dickens’ epic novel Nicholas Nickleby into a two-part theatrical event. The production won every award imaginable and much critical acclaim before moving to Broadway, winning multiple Tony Awards, and becoming one of the most memorable theatrical events in theatre history. Since then, the production is rarely performed due to the overwhelming size and scope of the story. Following Nicholas and his sister Kate as they fight for their family and love after the death of their father is at times inspiring, exciting, and hysterical. In the largest undertaking yet from Hillcrest’s Productions Company, 32 of the school’s most advanced theatre students will play more than 100 characters in 75 scenes that tell the story of one of the most epic and character-building journeys in all of literature. Experiencing this once-in-a-lifetime event, which will span over two evenings of theatre, will definitely be a highlight for audiences of all kinds.

Golden Boy

March 20, 21, and 22.

Following the success of 2012’s Death of a Salesman and 2013’s Our Town, Golden Boy continues Hillcrest’s series of American realism masterpieces. Written during the Great Depression by Clifford Odets, one of America’s first major realism playwrights, Golden Boy tells the story of young musician Joe Bonaparte. The play explores the tension that sometimes exists between art and commerce as Joe is torn between a promising boxing career and his love for music. Golden Boy comes to Hillcrest following last year’s critically-praised and impactful 75th Anniversary Broadway production.

Martyrs' Crossing

March 27, 28, and 29.

This powerful and thought-provoking play written by professional local playwright Melissa Leilani Larson theatricalizes the life of Joan of Arc. Martyrs’ Crossing follows this determined hero as she is guided by the spirits of St. Catherine of Alexandria and St. Margaret of Antioch. Joan comes to make many important decisions on her journey to command the French armies. This new play serves as an inspiring reminder of our infinite potential as human beings to become great. Student actors will be working with the playwright to bring this intimate and empowering story to Hillcrest audiences.

Starlight Express

May 15, 16, and 17.

Performing on roller skates, skateboards, and ripstiks, Hillcrest’s Productions Company will portray steam engines, electric trains, and passenger cars as they tell the story of The Little Engine That Could. Racing along ramps and tracks throughout the auditorium, this high-speed production promises to be one of the greatest musical spectacles Hillcrest has ever seen. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s score includes rock, rap, country, and blues. Come race along side Rusty the steam engine, and learn what it means to believe in your dreams.