Cabaret at CRHS: Young thespians to stage spring theater event Friday

If you love seeing a cabaret with singing, drama and scenes, then you won’t want to miss Crystal River High School’s Cabaret on March 2 in the high school cafetorium.

It’s all about love and loss — from a blossoming romance, lasting relationships, to devastating heartbreak and everything in between with scenes and songs.

The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5 per person. Michael Shier II is the theater director for this group of talented thespians with first-rate vocals.

“I’ve spent the last two years working to build a program to make Crystal River High School proud. We made great strides toward that goal last school year, but we have really kicked it into high gear this year and this is now our third production of the year — plus, we still have the spring musical (“Forbidden Broadway”) coming on May 3rd, 4th and 5th,” said Shier.

CRHS Choral Director Mark Garlock accompanies all the musical acts.

Tristan Green enjoys being in theater. “It’s fast paced, but you learn to adapt,” he said.

Sydney Laxton said she loves acting and singing, especially because “of having the close friends, the environment,” and she thinks “Mr. Shier is really cool.”

Lead designers for the production are: Kym Heintzelman and Sarabelle Slicer for costumes, Casey J. White and Tatyana Lopez for props, Rebecca MacRae does the makeup, Emma Schwartz is in charge of sound and Kamea Sorrells does the lighting.

Sarah Spivey said she enjoys the action and loves using her God-given talent for singing. “Here is where I belong,” she said.

J. Toney said “it’s nerve-racking waiting in the wings before going onstage, but once you start acting, that feeling goes away.”

“I’m always looking for ways to challenge myself and to challenge the students, it’s the best way to grow and improve as an artist,” Shier said “Going from no theatrical productions on campus for seven years, to a musical last spring after just months at the helm, and now to have four productions this school year — that’s a challenge.”

“The students have worked hard, put in a ton of blood, sweat and tears and have given up their weekends — and the recognition of this program is the reward for their efforts,” he added. “I want to thank the community as a whole for all the support we’ve received.”

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