The GI this year is a 30-minute cutting of the new hit Broadway
musical comedy "Something Rotten!," starring Braden Tanner, Colton
Clark, Claire Conrady, McKenzie Landers, Lena Stapleton, Lydia
Spellman, Aleaya Turley, Shannon Rahn, Erin Gowin, and Bekah Harpin.
"This is my first sectional championship in nearly 18 years of
coaching and directing, and I am beyond thrilled," said co-director
Jennifer Keith. "Mine too," said co-director and former LCHS
competitor Wyatt Phillis.
Together, Keith and Phillis write and cut the script, design the set
and blocking, coach the students and drill for perfection as many of
the moves are synchronized.
All-Sectional Cast members from LCHS pose on
the Belleville stage with their medals. All-Sectional cast
members must have at least three of five judges vote them as
outstanding. They are: Claire Conrady, Colton Clark, Lena
Stapleton, Braden Tanner and McKenzie Landers. Stapleton,
Tanner and Landers were selected for both of their
performances Saturday as
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"Group Interp is a theatrical production like no other - it has on and off-stage
focus, times where characters aren't looking at each other but rather at a point
on the wall, music, and more - but it's heart is the same: tell a great story,"
Students who receive votes from at least three of the five judges are selected
to the All-Sectional cast, compiled of members from all six group interps
competing. Tanner and Conrady received all five judges' votes and Landers,
Stapleton and Clark received at least three to make the special honor cast.
The LCHS Drama production of "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare, directed
by Betsy Buttell, placed 5th. Tanner, Landers and Stapleton were on the Drama
All-Sectional cast as well.
The Group Interp will compete April 1-2 at University of Illinois at Springfield
at the IHSA State competition. A specifi time will be determined in the next few