West Side News

Schools present spring musicals


April may be spring time, but in the South-Western City School District it's also theater season.

All four district high schools present their spring musicals this month.

Westland High School's Annie hit the stage Friday and Saturday evenings, April 5-6.

The district's other high schools will all premiere their musicals next weekend.

Central Crossing High School will present Thoroughly Modern Millie, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 as well as April 19-20 in the Ed Palmer Auditorium at the school, 1001 Demorest Road, Columbus.

The Tony-winning musical is set in 1922 New York and tells the story of Millie Dillmount, who has moved to the city in search of a new life.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and $5 for International Thespian Society members and children under 5.

Tickets can be purchased online at centralcrossingtheatre.org.


The classic Broadway favorite Hello Dolly will be performed by the Franklin Heights Drama Club.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 11-13 with a performance for students the morning of April 12 and a 2 p.m. matinee also offered April 13.

More than 50 students are participating in the cast and crew, Franklin Heights theater director James Perine said.

"I think the show really works well for our student-actors," he said. "While it is kind of old-fashioned, there is a lot of fun in it and the kids are really buying into the concept and execution."

At each performance, special guests will be sitting at the best table during the "Waiter's Gallop" song set in a restaurant during the show's second act, Perine said.

"We are still finalizing our guests but some of them could be very familiar to both the Franklin Heights community and West-siders in general," he said.

Tickets cost $5 for adults, $2 for students and seniors and $1 for children under 10.


The Grove City High School Drama Club will present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice Thursday-Saturday, April 12-14 at the school, 4665 Hoover Road, Grove City.

Performances will 7 p.m. April 12-14 with 2 p.m. matinees offered April 13 and 14.

"We were looking to do something this year that was lighter family fare, something that children could enjoy as well as adults," said GCHS English/drama instructor Stefanie McConnell. McConnell is directing the show with Jennifer Wozniak and George Edge.

"Last year we did Fiddler on the Roof, which is a much heavier show," McConnell said.

Joseph is one of the more complex musicals GCHS has attempted, in part because it features a variety of musical styles in its songs, she said.

"Our students were really excited about doing this show, because a lot of them saw it when they were younger," McConnell. "I think they love having the chance to perform it themselves."

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $7 for students and $5 for seniors and children under 5. Tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing McConnell at stefanie.mcconnell@ swcs.us. Tickets also can be purchased at the door.