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  • Two great shows, one weekend

  • Students at two lake area high schools will be taking the stage this weekend. Both the Camdenton High School and School of the Osage High School drama departments are opening their fall shows in the same weekend.
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      OHS to perform "Bye Bye Birdie"
      When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nov. 21-23
      Time: All shows begin at 7 p.m.
      Cost: $5 per adult and $3 per student
      Tickets can b...
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      If you go...
      OHS to perform "Bye Bye Birdie"

      When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nov. 21-23

      Time: All shows begin at 7 p.m.

      Cost: $5 per adult and $3 per student

      Tickets can be purchased at the door.
      CHS to perform "Anne of Green Gables"

      When: Saturday and Sunday Nov. 23-24

      Time: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

      Cost: $6 per adult and $2 for students and children

      Tickets can be purchased at the door, or by calling 573-216-8926.


  • Students at two lake area high schools will be taking the stage this weekend. Both the Camdenton High School and School of the Osage High School drama departments are opening their fall shows in the same weekend.
    "I think the lake should take advantage of the fact that you have two high schools that have very strong theater departments and are putting out this kind of stuff on the same weekend," CHS Director Jo Beth Nicklas said.
    The School of the Osage theater department will take the stage first when "Bye Bye Birdie" opens on Thursday night. This musical brings to life the fun era of the 1950s. When a music superstar is drafted to go to war, his manager and secretary stage a media ploy that lands him on the Ed Sullivan show where he is to give one lucky small town girl a goodbye kiss.
    "It pokes fun at the innocence of the '50s," OHS Director Carly Klinginsmith said.
    More than 50 students at School of the Osage are involved in the show. Unlike years past, this year marks the second musical in a row. OHS performed "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" last fall.
    Klinginsmith said she was not planning on doing another musical so soon but when she thought about the senior class and talent available, she decided the extra effort would be worth it.
    "I realized that I wanted them [the senior class] to have an opportunity to do two musicals in their high school careers," Klinginsmith said.
    For seniors Jimmy Coats and Molly Brown, knowing this is their last chance to be in an OHS musical is bittersweet.
    "I'm very excited for the show to take place, but kind of upset at the same time," Coats said.
    For Brown, being involved in the theater program has been a chance to form bonds that are unlike any other.
    "I love it. I love the people," Brown said. "We come together as a huge family."
    The cast also includes younger students like sophomore Tia Baker who plays Kim.
    "The joke is that she is a '50s version of me," Baker said with a giggle.
    The students have been preparing for opening weekend since the end of September. Now that the time to step on stage has come, they all hope the audience enjoys the all of their hard work.
    "I hope they smile," Baker said. "I like making people smile."
    Coats hopes this show inspires audience members to come back to future OHS productions.
    "I hope they walk away saying, 'I want to come back next year.' I know I'll be back to watch next year," Coats said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Since CHS does not open their show until Saturday night, OHS will have a crowd from Camdenton in the audience Friday night. The CHS actors plan to be in attendance to show their support to their fellow thespians.
    Camdenton's presentation of "Anne of Green Gables" opens Saturday night. This light-hearted show is set in the late 1800s/early 1900s and focuses on a brother and sister who need help on their farm. To enlist help, they send for an orphan boy. When they are sent a girl by mistake, they contemplate sending her back. Before they can, they realize how much they need her and she needs them. The story goes on to follow Anne and her new family through the good times and the bad.
    "I think it is a light-hearted show where you leave just full of happiness and joy for the goodness of humanity," Nicklas said. "It's just a very warm story."
    Many CHS students have their hands on this show according to Nicklas. From the actors on stage, the crew backstage and in the sound booth, make-up and hair crews to the theater arts classes who have built the set, countless students have played a role in bringing this show to life.
    The actors include veteran upperclassmen and even freshmen.
    "Their characterzation has been very specific. They are really working on the walks, the gestures, the voices to really make their characters very unique," Nicklas said of the students.
    Lake-area residents have the chance to take in two very different theatrical performances this weekend.

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