Rocky Fork Enterprise

Performance Studio delivers 'Letters' this week


Gahanna Lincoln High School theater patrons can enjoy being served dinner on stage by student actors and actresses, during the 13th annual Performance Studio dinner theatre Feb. 7-8 at the high school.

Children's Letters to God, based on the book by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall, will be performed at 7 p.m. today, Feb. 6. This is the only show with no dinner being served. Dinner and show dates are: 6 p.m. dinner followed by the show at 7 p.m. Friday, and Saturday, Feb. 7-8. Tickets are available exclusively for the show at all three performances.

The musical is about five young friends who ask questions about life with topics ranging from holidays to first love.

The music for Children's Letters to God is by David Evans with lyrics by Douglas Cohen.

"One cool thing about this show is that it is such an intimate evening of theater," said Cindi Macioce, director. "The audience patrons sit on the stage while the show is being performed. During the dinner portion of the evening, the actors serve the dinner in character, which makes it such fun when the audience members get to see their servers in the actual show."

The catered meal includes chicken breast, salad and rolls from Gahanna's O'Charley's; green beans and macaroni & cheese from Gahanna's City Barbeque; and desserts from Gahanna's Max & Erma's as well as from Gahanna Lincoln High School theater parents and students.

Drinks include a choice of water, coffee or lemonade.

Tickets cost $20 for the dinner and show or $10 for just the show.

The ensemble includes Brooke Ashley, Eric Batke, Sarah Blakely, Allen Bruce, Emma English, Erika Gellner, Stephen George, Josh Gregory, Makenzie Karl, Adam King, Alex Marcum, Cassidy Martin, Jennie McAndrew, Michael McMasters, Hannah Rossio, George Schaefer, Olivia Smith, Nicoletta Soulas and Carly Whipple. The stage manager is Ethan Peters. Assistant to the director/assistant stage manager is Rashaan Holloway.

The show runs approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.

Students in Performance Studio have taken at least one of the following: Introduction to Theatre, Introduction to Musical Theatre and/or Theatre Appreciation.

The dinner theater serves as a fundraiser for the Performing Arts Boosters, with proceeds to benefit the theater program.

In the past, Macioce said, the boosters have used funds to replace the curtains in the Little Theatre as well as reupholster the class/rehearsal furniture for the students.