Wylie Theatre Kicks Off It’s Current Season

Melia Messer , Staff Writer

      Over the years, the Wylie High School Theater Department has made a very positive name for themselves through their performances. Ticket sales have gone up significantly from previous seasons. The department has had a substantial amount of pressure placed on their shoulders to continue to raise ticket sales. 

Although the pressure was partially removed when The Curious Savage closed, a large position of anticipation still remains. Of course, this anticipation is reserved for the other four shows of the season: Shrek The Musical, Rabbit Hole, the UIL One Act Play (to be announced), and the 24-Hour Musical (to be announced).

Much of that pressure was relieved when Wylie’s first main stage show of the season was a success. Wylie Theater Department opened it season on September 19, with a comedy called The Curious Savage. This show brought many newcomers to the stage, as well as returning members of Wylie’s theater department.

Wylie puts on an annual fall musical. This year Shrek has been the musical of choice.  The musical was based off of the original Dream Works film, Shrek. Shrek himself will be played by Wesley Horn, who was Bert in last year’s Mary Poppins. As opposed to previous years, the musical has gotten pushed back further into the year. In past seasons, the musical has been centered around homecoming, even having a ‘teaser’ performance in the homecoming pep rally. This year due to the performance dates being pushed back, the students will perform a musical number in the pink out pep rally. 

The third show in Wylie’s current season is a drama called Rabbit Hole and runs from the 6-8 of December. The Rabbit Hole cast is compiled of just five actors and actresses. This drama borders on a tragedy, following the story of a family who lost their two year old son to a car accident. Due to the small cast, and the fact that this show will be performed in the black box of the PAC, this show will have a raw and provoking nature to it. 

The fourth and longest running show in Wylie’s season is the UIL One Act Play. It will run from early March potentially through April. Students in this forty minute play will take their show and compete with other schools around the state. 

The 24-Hour Musical is the final show of Wylie’s 2019-2020 season. In this show, students audition on the 16th of May. Within the next few hours, they find out what musical they have auditioned for and what roles they have gotten. They rehearse throughout the next 23 hours, and by the 24th hour, they perform their show! Last year was the first annual 24-Hour Musical, and the show was High School Musical.

Be sure to come support Wylie’s theater department in their next show Shrek. Tickets can be bought online at https://wylie.booktix.com/ 

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