High school theatre productions are back in full swing

While HHS’ production of Twelfth Night recently wrapped, performers are busy practicing for DHS’ rendition of Annie.

St. Charles Parish high school theatre productions are back in full swing this spring, with Hahnville High School recently wrapping up their musical this year and Destrehan High School slated to showcase what they’ve been working on soon.

Featuring a live Broadway Pit orchestra, dazzling sets and costumes and an adorable pup as Sandy, DHS will put on four performances of the musical Annie at the Lafon Arts Center this week. The shows will be April 29 at 7:30 p.m., April 30 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and May 1 at 2 p.m.

Based on the popular comic strip by Harold Gray, Annie has become a worldwide phenomenon and the winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The beloved book and score by Tony Award winners, Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, features some of the greatest musical theatre hits ever written, including “Tomorrow,” “Hard-Knock Life,” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.”

Kyle Aucoin, a music and theatre educator at DHS, said he and the production’s cast and crew are excited to put on the show.

“It’s been delightful to get back to making some magic,” he said. “I think it’s because we as performers weren’t able to do it for so long because of the pandemic. As artists our art fuels us and because that outlet was taken away for so long you have all this pent up stuff you want to get out. It really brought a new appreciation.”

DHS put on Little Women earlier this spring, and Aucoin said the chance to reconnect with audiences has been incredible. Lucas Harms, a theatre teacher at HHS, said he was also thrilled that his students got to return to the stage this school year.

HHS’ production of Twelfth Night recently wrapped.

“It was fantastic,” he said. “The kids really latched onto it. We took a classical Shakespearean drama and made it into a musical. The biggest thing was to be back on stage and in front of a live audience. It’s been so rewarding every day to work with these kids. It’s a wonderful, wonderful thing.”

For Annie ticket information, visit lafonartscenter.org or call 985.331.3670 for tickets.


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Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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