D211 Post: Fremd Moves Fall Play Online


           As students and staff across William Fremd High School and the District adjust to social distancing, Fremd’s theatre department found a new method to perform their fall play, “The Theory of Relativity,” by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill.  The department  filmed their production and are currently streaming it at Showtix4u.

            The play is described as a look at interconnected lives, told through a collection of songs, scenes and monologs.  It touches on situations ranging from relationships to loss.  The production was filmed over the course of several weeks by students from Fremd’s Theatre department. 

             For senior Lara Haciosmanoglu, who filled a variety of roles including cinematographer, lead camera operator, and performed as Joanna, doing the play in a socially distant production provided a few new challenges.

Fremd senior Lara Haciosmanoglu performs her monolog Cake, as part of The Theory of Relativity.

            “In this production, we couldn’t all sing at the same time,” she said.  “We had to pre-record our songs and lip-sync during filming.  Additionally, while we are used to being in the Kolze Auditorium, for this, we were filming in a variety of locations.”

            Haciosmanoglu noted that she plans to apply the experience from this production to her planned college degree of film production.  She did say that the lack of a live audience was noticeable, a fact that was felt by fellow castmates like senior Zach Dyer.

            “We love to perform live for people,” he said.  “What’s so awesome about this is you get to see the audience reaction.  If something is funny, you get that instant feedback.”

            Senior Myra Longnecker, who plays a character named Mira echoed Dyer’s feelings on the absence of an audience.

            “I feed off of the audience,” she said.  “I feel that I can perform my best with them because it creates a type of good pressure.”

Fremd senior performs her solo, Promise Me, during the theatre department’s production of, “The Theory of Relativity.”

            She added that the thought of doing it as a production nearly caused her to decide not to participate this year.

            “I was pleasantly surprised by this,” she said.  “This really helped teach people to deal with change and that there can be beauty in change.  It really brought our theatre students together.”

            Dyer added that while the year and production posed many challenges, he also saw these important positives. 

            “This has shown me how close the theatre community is and how resilient we are,” he said.  “Overall, this has been a very cool experience that I will not forget.”

Fremd senior Zach Dyer performs the song, “Allergic to Cats,” during the school’s production of “The Theory of Relativity.”

            Haciosmanoglu said that she hopes viewers will take note of the crew’s emphasis on one very important issue addressed in the production.

            “We put a big emphasis on mental health throughout the show,” she said.  “We hope viewers will see that while we all may be struggling with different things, we are united in our humanity.”

            “The Theory of Relativity,” can be streamed at ShowTix4U through November 6 for $2.

The finale number is titled “Nothing Without You.” Members of the cast and crews decorated lanterns with the people and things they feel they are “nothing without,” making for an emotional and relevant final scene.


Schaumburg High School Theatre to Perform ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Schaumburg High School's Theatre to perform Charlotte's Web.

Schaumburg High School’s Theatre to perform Charlotte’s Web.

Find friendship, laughter, and love on the Zuckerman farm, as well as watch Wilbur the pig escape his fate of being turned into bacon with the help of his farm animal friends in the Schaumburg High School Theatre’s performance of Charlotte’s Web.

“Watch the Zuckerman farm come to life on stage as this large and energetic cast and crew come together to capture the friendship, laughter, and love we all fondly remember in Charlotte’s Web,” said the directors of the show.

The curtain will rise at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 and Nov. 21, as well as Nov. 22 at 3 p.m., in the Schaumburg High School Auditorium, 1100 W. Schaumburg Rd. The show is open to the public. Tickets are available at the door and are $7 per adult and $5 for students.

For more information, please contact Schaumburg High School.

Hoffman Estates High School Theatre to perform ‘Almost, Maine’

almost-maine-poster-(1)As the Northern Lights hover in the star-filled sky above Almost, Maine, the residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways.  The magic of all the emotions love involves is the subject of Almost, Maine, this year’s fall production at Hoffman Estates High School.

The curtain rises at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13th , and will run each night at Hoffman Estates High School, 1100 W. Higgins Rd., on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.  Tickets are general seating and can be purchased at the door for $7. More than 80 students from all grades are participating in this show by acting on stage and in the crews of Set Design, Sound, Lighting, Props, Costumes, and Make Up.

Almost, Maine is a wonderful mix of love stories that encompasses all types of relationships,” said Christina Ordonez, director of Almost, Maine. “When we experience love, it is a moment when we don’t know what will happen next, and this play captures those little moments.  Some moments are happy and others sad, but in each the characters’ lives are changed.”

The show is directed by Ordonez and assistant directed by David Orlicz and Juan Medina.  This is the first show in the Hoffman Estates High School theatre series this year, which will also include the 40th anniversary Madrigal Dinner Dec. 12 and 13, the musical Into the Woods March 6,7, 12, 13, and 14, and the play Romeo and Juliet April 24 and 25.

“Theatre allows us to tell stories that people can both relate to and learn from,” Ordonez said. “The theme of love is woven through all our shows this year, but it is shown in many different lights.  It will be exciting to watch the students grow as actors and technicians throughout this season.  Our audiences are in for a special treat.”

For more information, please see tinyurl.com/hehsboxoffice.

Watch the Almost, Maine trailer below