Have you heard the buzz about the big Performing Arts reunion and “Musical Revue” coming up at Barrington High School? They’ve recently written about it in the Barrington Courier and the Daily Herald and this performance is shaping up to be one truly rare affair! There are some big-name performers returning to Barrington the weekend of July 9th and the show’s alumni cast and crew have been hard at work rehearsing for what’s sure to be a reunion to remember. The best part is that we’re all invited to watch this unprecedented performance unfold.
Well over 100 Barrington High School alumni, who graduated over the past 60 years, will reunite to perform “A Musical Revue” on July 9th, 10th and 11th in Barrington’s High School auditorium. They’ll be reprising the numbers from high school musicals performed over the past six decades.
“Fiddler on the Roof” from 1971, “Oklahoma” from 1979, “South Pacific” from 1980, “Man of La Mancha” from 1992, “Les Miserables” from 2003 and “Beauty and the Beast” from 2010 are just some of the previous BHS productions to be highlighted. Tickets for all three shows are available now.
The “dress rehearsal show” will take place on Friday, July 9th, at 7:30PM. Tickets for that show are $25 each. The spotlight performance will be Saturday, July 10th at 8PM and tickets are $100 each. There is also a “family matinee” scheduled for 2PM on Sunday, July 11th. Those tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for people under 16 or over 65. All of these dollars will fund a new endowment created to celebrate Barrington High School’s Performing Arts Department and fund an annual senior award for student achievement. The goal is to raise $50,000, the endowment is a 501(c) 3 not for profit public charity and donations are tax deductible.
But you don’t have to wait until the big weekend to get a glimpse of the numbers. They’re rehearsing tonight and every Tuesday night between now and show time at the old Chuck Hines building in Barrington at 141 West Main Street. All are welcome to drop in on the rehearsals and pick up a ticket in person to see and hear, first-hand, what all the buzz is about. The show’s producer and 1973 Barrington High School graduate, Marc Parker, says, “Sometimes I think people take the arts and the performing arts for granted. We want to put on a show to say, ‘Look what this program has done…it has formed a part of our character and Barrington is very lucky to have it.'”
Tonight’s rehearsal will take place between 7:30 and 9:30. The cast and crew will be hard at work along with the costume and set designers. There’s also a full 29-piece pit orchestra preparing for the performances. You can purchase tickets for a fabulous night out at Barrington High School’s Richard C. Johnson auditorium by visiting the BHS Theater Project website at BHSTheater.com. To really appreciate what a big deal this is, here are links to one of the very first BHS Performing Arts Reunion rehearsals and the show’s “Theater Town” documentary-in-the-making. When I watched, I couldn’t help but notice a sincere sense of gratitude shared by this talented and diverse group of Barrington grads.