Every conversation I’ve had about local schools has made special mention of the outstanding theater program in the Kenosha United School District, particularly the high school musicals centered at Bradford.
Evidently the auditions are open across the district and students from any high school can be cast in the big shows. Rehearsals are held after school in the Bradford theater.
Imagine my delight when my very first Spanish project — I’m enrolled as a student in Spanish 2010 three days a week — paired me with Kyla Phillips, a first-year Carthage student and a graduate of Bradford High in Kenosha.
As Kyla and I prepared our melodramatic telenovela script for the class presentation, we also talked about theater in general and Bradford in particular. I asked if she would take me to a show at her old alma mater, and she came back with titles and dates.
“Holes” was well done, with almost all the young voices clearly intelligible without microphones. The range of character ages was from 12 to 90, and the adolescent cast did a good job interpreting the different age ranges. The lead was a middle school student whose command of script and character never wavered. The set was minimal but creatively used, and the flashbacks were handled with light changes and the “freezing” of scenes in the present.
I was glad to go with Kyla, to meet her mother and sister, and to hear some of her own experiences at that school and in that theater. She and her mother gave enthusiastic praise of the musicals, so I am already looking forward to returning now that Kyla has shown me the way!
See for yourself
Kenosha Unified School District Theatre Program