Northridge Theater program growing…at both ends

Northridge Theater program growing…at both ends

For many years, Northridge High School has been entertaining the community with theater productions of dramas, comedies, and musicals and providing students with opportunities to learn acting skills and public performance.

Fifteen years ago an elementary program began, offering students in grades K-6 a chance to experience stage performance through a one-week summer camp. In addition, this is the 9th year Northridge Middle School will present a full musical production in May.

Now it’s time to grow again. In March the high school will add another play to its schedule and the summer “Kids Take the Stage” program will extend its offerings beyond a week of regular theater to a second week of musical theater for grades 4-6. More information will be sent home with students later this spring.

The spring production is “Leaving Iowa” and will be presented Saturday, March 11, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 12, at 2 p.m. in the middle school auditorium. Anyone who has taken a family vacation, whether as an adult with children or as a child with parents, will relate to this hilarious story. Although the plan was to finally bury his father’s ashes, Don finds himself reminiscing about the numerous family vacations his father planned – all of which were the most “fascinating” to the kids. Throughout his journey he encounters places that would be appropriate for leaving his father’s remains, but they never quite measure up to Dad’s expectations. At the center of it all Don finds the importance of family relationships – even if vacation time is unbearable.

Come meet the Browning family and the colorful characters from their vacations – characters you may have met on your own family trips.

Tickets go on sale March 1 in the high school front office for $5 each.