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Prestonwood Christian Academy North 2021-22 Theatre Season
One Act Play
A Monster Calls
Written and devised by Patrick Ness, Adam Peck, and Sally Cookson
In this powerful new adaptation from visionary director Sally Cookson, the bestselling novel by Patrick Ness is brought to the stage to tell the stunning story of love, loss and courage anew. Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different. Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth.
The final idea of the late, award-winning writer Siobhan Dowd, developed into an extraordinary and heartbreaking novel by Patrick Ness, and now adapted for a production that brings the tale to a new audience.
Public Performance: Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (PCA North - Student Ministry gym)
District Competition: Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (SAGU in Waxahachie)
State Competition: November 10-11, 2021 (Cailloux Theatre in Kerrville, TX)
Bye Bye Birdie
Book by Michael Stewart / Music by Charles Strouse / Lyrics by Lee Adams / Originally Produced by Edward Padula
Presented by arrangement with Tams-Whitmark Music Library, Inc.
It’s 1960 and rock star Conrad Birdie is the biggest thing to top the charts. Women love him, men want to be him and teenage girls around the country scream with glee at the mere mention of his name. When the United States Army drafts Birdie, manager Albert Peterson sees his meal ticket preparing to fly the coop (much to the delight of longtime love Rose Alvarez, who can’t wait for Albert to ditch the music biz and become something respectable, like an English teacher). Desperate for a publicity stunt big enough to help them survive Birdie’s departure, Albert and Rose hatch a plan: send Conrad to small-town America to plant his goodbye kiss on one lucky fan for the entire world to see. Their selection of super fan Kim MacAfee sends the wholesome enclave of Sweet Apple, Ohio into chaos. Kim’s boyfriend, Hugo, can’t take the humiliation of his lady love’s televised lip-lock.
With Conrad staying for the week at the MacAfee’s household in Ohio, their life is completely turned upside down. A frustrated Mr. MacAfee threatens to put his foot down, until he hears the family will be appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show. Rosie, enraged by Albert’s behavior after he failed to stand up his overbearing mother’s objections toward her, enlists the aide of Hugo in a plan to undermine the big show. On The Ed Sullivan Show, Conrad prepares to give Kim one last kiss, but at the last minute, Hugo steps onstage and punches Conrad, knocking him to the floor. Everyone scatters, and Rosie bids Albert a bitter farewell, leaving him alone on national television.
Rose can’t take another minute of Albert’s distracted ways. The parents of Sweet Apple can’t take its teens' riotous rebellion, inspired by the arrival of bad-boy Birdie. Will Sweet Apple ever be the same?
Auditions: December 3, 2021
Callbacks: December 6, 2021
April 1, 2022 at 7:30pm
April 2, 2022 at 1:30pm
April 2, 2022 at 7:30pm