The cast of "It's a Wonderful Life," the LCHS group
interpretation entry at sectionals this Saturday at
Belleville West High School, rehearses Tuesday in costume for
the first time.
speech team offers preview night Thursday
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[March 13, 2013]
High School's speech team begins its group season this Saturday at
Belleville West High School with both group interpretation and drama
entries, but the community can get a free sneak peak Thursday
night at 7 in the LCHS auditorium.
The drama production of David Lindsay-Abaire's "Good People," a
40-minute cutting of the 2011 Tony-nominated play, will begin at 7
The group interpretation entry, a 30-minute ensemble representation of
Frank Capra's landmark film "It's a Wonderful Life," will follow.
Both productions will pack up sets, costumes, props, makeup and make
the trek south to compete at the sectionals in Belleville. Of those
in each sectional, the top two dramas and the top three groups move
forward to the state competition at University of Illinois in
Springfield the following Saturday.
Junior Konnor Browne has his bow tie fixed
by senior Wyatt Phillis.
LCHS' "Good People" is directed by 2003 LCHS graduate Betsy
Buttell Landes and features senior Sara Shane as Margaret, senior
Wyatt Phillis as Stevie, freshman Braden Tanner as Mike, junior
Madison Bishop as Dottie, senior Grace Sheley as Jean, and senior Shakia Dawson as Kate. Crew members include junior Brad Miller and
senior Brock Bleess as well as members of the group interpretation
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LCHS' "It's a Wonderful Life" is directed by Jennifer Keith and is
an ensemble representation where many students play multiple roles
and dress identically in order to tell the story.
Junior Matthew Langdon plays the role of George Bailey, and Tanner
plays Clarence the Angel. Additionally, Phillis takes on the roles
of Mr. Potter, Harry Bailey and Uncle Billy, while junior Justin
Broom is Mr. Gower and Sam Wainwright. Junior Konnor Browne plays Pa,
and seniors Tegan Follis, Sheley and Kendall Katz are the Angels who
give Clarence the orders to help George. Senior Jacqueline Keysear
plays the role of Mary, while Shane tackles Ma and Janie. Junior
Joella Vermeire is Ruth Dakin Bailey, and freshman Rebekah Harpin is
The students have roughly four weeks from the end of the individual
season in late February to put together these two productions and
travel with them to competition. Currently, only 60 schools in
Illinois offer these group activities, and LCHS is one of the lucky
ones keeping this tradition alive.
The community's support is more than welcome at the free showing
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