High School Musicals on the Slate

Courtesy photo    The cast of Pitch Perfect: The Musical will perform three more shows this weekend at Alameda High School.

Pitch Perfect at AHS

A laugh-out-loud musical will grace the stage at Alameda High School for three more days. Pitch Perfect: The Musical is based on the 2012 musical comedy film, Pitch Perfect, directed by Jason Moore and written by Kay Cannon. The sleeper hit grossed $115.4 million worldwide against a $17 million budget. The ensemble cast included Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins, Ben Platt and Rebel Wilson. The film spawned two sequels. 

Pitch Perfect: The Musical follows a sassy free-spirit, Beca Mitchell, after she arrives at Barden University. Through a series of misadventures, Beca becomes part of an all-female a cappella group (singing without instrumental accompaniment), the Barden Bellas. 

She finds herself singing alongside a motley crew, including mean girls, nice girls and quirky and weird girls. The only thing they have in common is how great they sound when they sing together. As the Bellas embark on a quest to make it to the national a cappella championships, the plot twists and turns as the characters are introduced to a rival all-male a cappella group called the Treblemakers. 

“The themes of this show are timeless and universal — the choices we make and accepting their consequences, self-discovery, working as a team to achieve goals amidst setbacks, embracing diversity, and the bonds of family and friends,” said Megan McKinley Beaudreau, director. “The show has the rare and exceptional ability to explore these themes in a way that makes us laugh throughout.”

See Pitch Perfect, the Musical at the Alameda High School Little Theater at the corner of Central Avenue and Walnut Street today, tomorrow and Saturday, March 15, 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for general admission and are available at www.show clix.com/event/ahs-pitch-perfect-the-musical. Note: parental discretion recommended for young children. 

A Chorus Line at EHS
Encinal High School’s drama club also has a musical scheduled. The West End’s high school will present A Chorus Line starting Thursday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. and continuing through Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. Complete showtimes will be listed in the Local Happenings in the upcoming weeks.

EHS student directors and choreographers have contributed to the performance. Charlie Kleinman has helped with the dancing and Ysrael Quezon, with the singing — both running rehearsals when the adults were unavailable. 

A Chorus Line tells the story of a group of dancers who take the risk of auditioning to be in a show. They represent anyone or everyone who takes a risk, and pushes themselves to achieve a goal. They all are following their passions, they all put themselves on the line, and they all, to borrow from the showtune “What I Did for Love,” are doing it for “love.” 

“Every play and musical should be subtitled ‘What I Did for Love’ because it is such hard work, and a miracle every time,” said Director Gene Kahane. “The effort from everyone, the camaraderie, the genuine love and concern as we suffered through injuries, illness and just being way too busy, honestly brought tears to my eyes many times.”

Tickets cost $14 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. All tickets will be sold at the door, general admission. Performances take place on the Encinal Gym Stage, at 210 Central Ave.

For more information contact Kahane at 748-4023, Ext. 2701, or gkahane@alamedaunified.org