Teens set to visit the fabulous '50s Bright lights: The Chesapeake Senior High School Theater Group is holding a fund-raiser to help replace a light board, sound system and stage curtains in its theater.

April 12, 1996|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Flickering lights, a malfunctioning sound system, and tattered curtains.

Those are a few of the items the Chesapeake Senior High School Theater Group wants to replace in the school theater. But each comes with a hefty price tag; $6,000 for a light board, $8,000 for a sound system and $3,700 for stage curtains.

To help raise some of that money, the group is sponsoring a Fabulous '50s Dance from 7 p.m. to 10: 30 p.m. April 26 at the high school. Music will be provided by the Fabulous Hubcaps, a seven-member oldies band that played for President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton in July at the White House.

While the curtains and sound system are important, many members of the 60-student group say the most critical need is for a new light board.

The 18-year-old board now in the theater "needs a lot of fixing up," said Janna O'Connell, a 16-year-old junior who was an assistant stage manager for the March production of "Oklahoma!"

The lights in a two-story house on stage flashed on and off during a production last April of "Bye Bye Birdie," she said.

"Backstage, everyone was panicking," she recalled. "But on stage, they had to act like nothing was happening. I guess that's part of acting."

Michael Quevedo, the group's lighting technician, said the unreliable lights have never cut short a performance. Still, he worries about them.

"I'm hoping we won't ever have a disaster," said the 18-year-old senior. "It won't affect the plays too much, but if we upgrade, we'll get more control, less technical problems, less bugs."

The once-vibrant, gold-colored curtains, which have been at the theater since the school opened in 1978, are ripped in some places and have been partially repaired, said Mr. Quevedo's mother, Judy Quevedo, who has directed the group's last two performances. But the curtains have become threadbare and dull, she said.

The theater's sound system has all sorts of electrical problems, said group member Christina Santoni.

"We're always getting back feed on the microphones," said the 16-year-old junior. "Everyone covers their ears."

The 50s dance was the brainchild of Walter Glinowiecki, who wanted to hold a fund-raiser that included the students.

"We had an opportunity to hire a band and get a hall and drink beer," said Mr. Glinowiecki, whose 16-year-old stepdaughter, Brandy Burkhardt, is a member of the group. "But we wanted to do something with the kids. We didn't want to have a fund-raiser without them as a part of it."

Many of the group members said they didn't mind trying to relive an era when their parents were in high school.

"If you feel like you're in the '50s, you can make it the '50s," said junior Brian Griffiths, 16.

"We're going to try to get people to dress up," Miss Santoni said. "I guess I'll have to take some jitterbug lessons from my mom."

Tickets for adults cost $20 or $15 for students with ID. The theater group also is offering two free tickets with every group of eight purchased in advance.

To order tickets, call 255-2770.

Pub Date: 4/12/96

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