The Truckee High School musical is always a community highlight in the spring. And it’s well worth the hoopla. Many of our children help out behind stage or in the production itself. We even have one of our own Dickson Truckee agents in the show this year! He is a THS alum who performed while attending high school there and still keeps his skills sharp with local performances, such as Truckee Follies.

Since February, performers in the Truckee High School Drama Club have been rehearsing 15 hours per week to orchestrate what just might be their most challenging and rewarding performance yet – a compilation of songs and dances from great Broadway hits including Chicago, A Chorus Line, Hair, Mama Mia, Rent, Spring Awakening and other favorites.

Great local talent – of which we have plenty – is involved in the show.

Dancers from InnerRythms Dance Centre will be performing in a number of songs including “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago.” Inner Rhythms’ director Elizabeth Archer is the choreographer for “Best of Broadway”.

The show’s volunteer vocal coach Linda Saxton, youth program director at the Nevada Opera, brings more than 35 years of musical expertise to the production.

Costumes, designed by volunteer Jennifer Boehm from our local Parks and Rec Department, will vary from one scene to the next as the eras depicted in the various featured musicals – expect to see everything from flapper style dresses to bohemian and hippie outfits to present day street wear. Jennifer is helping out since all of her kids went through the spring musicals while they were at Truckee High and she knows how much they mean to the community, as well as the cast and crew.

In years past community members, students and parents have filled the theater to sell out the shows. Tickets are on sale now at the Truckee Community Recreation Center located off the Pioneer Center round-a-bout at 8924 Donner Pass Road. Tickets will also be available each night of performance at the door (if they have not already sold out).

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on May 10, 11, 16, 17 and 18 and there is a special Mother’s Day Matinee at 2 p.m. on May 12. Mother’s Day roses will be available for sale at the matinee. Each show’s intermission features a bake sale with homemade delicacies and there will be a raffle each night for items and gift certificates from local businesses with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the Drama Club. Local businesses can support youth and the arts though donations of cash or items for the silent auction.

See you there!