Weekend features musicals, concerts

Published 9:00 am Friday, August 25, 2017

Between a downtown concert and two musical performances taking the stage, there will be music and acting throughout the city this weekend.

The Winchester Players’ latest production, a musical revue called “#LOLParents” opens tonight in the auditorium at Campbell Junior High School on Boone Avenue.

Director Kelly Estes said the production features a cast ranging in age from 5 to 16. The revue incorporates a variety of musical styles, from Broadway shows to popular songs.

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The show started with the music, she said, and a theme and loose script began to emerge.

“It’s the thought that parents don’t quite understand,” she said. “It all from a kid’s perspective that being a kid is hard and parents don’t understand what they’re going through.”

Through the course of the show, the players realize they can find their way, learn who they are and survive childhood.

Doing a revue, a collection of songs, offers cast members the opportunity to be more themselves, Estes said.

“The musical revue is very unique because we can see the children’s personalities and see what they bring to the show and let them shine,” she said. “With a role that’s been written and done before, you’re trying to fit in a mold. With this, they’re bringing themselves to a role.”

“#LOLParents” will be at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Campbell. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children.

Across town, the musical “Hairspray” returns for its final weekend at Leeds Center for the Arts. The play is set in Baltimore in 1962 as teen Tracy Turnblad becomes an unlikely dancing star on local TV and then uses her fame and power to tackle discrimination and segregation.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. at the theater on Main Street.

Tonight is also the final event in the second annual “Rock the Block” concert series in downtown Winchester. The Classics, a regional rock band,  will take the stage in front of the Clark County Courthouse at 7 p.m.

There will be food trucks on site and Main Street will be closed to allow concert goers to dance, or bring a chair to sit and enjoy.

The concert is free.

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