BHS Theater Department to Perform at Piccolo Spoleto


Margaret Francis as Juliet

The cast of The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet

The Theater department from Beaufort High will be performing at Piccolo Spoleto this year.  This is a huge honor for BHS, because it is rare for a High School to be given an opportunity to perform on a main stage during this festival.

In October, Juniors at BHS performed The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet for surrounding schools for CAPA donations.  During that time, an article appeared in The Island News about a man named John Bauer who was suffering from stage 4 liver cancer.  Students decided they would like to donate money to his trust funds for his children, so they dedicated an evening performance to him.

LaRainne Fess, Theater Teacher at Beaufort High was so moved by their generosity and concern for this man and his young family, she applied to perform the show at Piccolo Spoleto as a headliner.

“I felt like they were demonstrating a professional attitude, and I wanted them to have a professional opportunity,” explains Fess.  The Gingerbread Theater is dedicated to children and

their families.  Their motto is, “a family can eat dinner at 5:30, see a show at 6:30, and the kids are in bed by 8.”

The theater committee of Piccolo approved the application, so now Beaufort High Theater students will  perform at the Sottile Theater, 44 George Street, in Charleston June 11 and 12 at 6pm and 13th at 3pm. The cost is $8 for children and Seniors and $11 for adults.

Along with this honor comes great expense, so the students are doing a kick off show for the community June 9th at 6:00 pm in the Arts Center at Beaufort High.   The cost will be $7.

Drama II students also wanted  to help out their classmates, so they are performing Jack and the

Magic Beans too.  They will perform first, then there will be a 10-minute intermission and then The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet will be next.  So, for $7 the audience will see two shows.

Congratulations to the Beaufort High Theater Students. They deserve a big hand.

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