Once Upon a Show


The ganders hold up the letters and try to convey Charlotte’s magnificent web. The ganders were shown earlier in the show as well as the goose and the ganders’ children.

Kelly Hayes

The theater company put on Charlotte’s Web for the public and for local elementary schools on October 20th-24th .  Now that the shows are over, the cast and crew have a lot to say about their experience with the production.

“It was cool that some underclassmen seemee to look up to me, and I was able to give advice and help them feel more comfortable in high school theater environment. It’s meant a lot because I love kids and getting to perform for them and see their admiration was one of the coolest things,” Adriana Kline (11) said.

There was a lot of work put into the costumes and make-up of this show. With all of the intricate costumes, there is sure to be stress that follows.

“[I’ll] have an idea in my head of what a costume should look like and watching that idea come [to life] is a good feeling. [However], it was frustrating having to restart costumes once we had already started them,” Abbey Lebell (11) said.

For some of the cast and crew, this was their last performance in Lake Central’s Theater Company. Theater is a close-knit relationship and knowing your leaving that kind of community might stir up some emotions

“I’m planning to go into the medical field, so theater is more of a hobby and mostly likely won’t follow me into college, But the experience I’ve gotten and the friends I made along the way made the whole experience worth it,” Kylie Diveny (12) said.

There are various groups of people who put work into making the show a hit: set crew, costumes, makeup, lighting, props, sound, cast and also student directors. Student directors oversee everything and assure operations are running along smoothly.

“Student directing was stressful but rewarding and for anyone who wants to be a student director, I would warn them that they have to be the type of person who can be organized and follow all the rule but also know when to break them. You need to be able to make decisions like your the director and keep people in line and you need to be friendly but have authority and it need a kind of authority, I’m glad that the hecticness of the show it over i’m not running around I’m not as stressed as I was when it was going on but I do miss the people, I miss the feeling of being apart from everything,” Emma Pederson (12) said.

Given that the production takes place on a farm, the set crew for the show tried to convey the shape of a barn for the audience. From the beginning of the play, set crew had their hands full with a variety of projects and jobs.

“We worked together as a team to get it all done and we were always ahead of schedule. The [biggest] difficulties were probably learning how to use all the tools and how to make parts of the set stable enough for people to walk on or run on. When [people] got hurt or people started crying it was also kind of stressful,” Sean Delis (10) said.