Puberty, insecurity, awkward situations — that’s what comprises the typical high school experience. Add talent, music and a multi-ethnic and multicultural spice to the mix and you have a show.
Most notably, “Fame” — one of the most beloved American musicals of the past 25 years.
The 1980 and 2009 cinema adaptations are well-known, but if a certain 1980s TV show holds a place in your heart, you’ll want to make plans to see Port Arthur Little Theatre’s production of “Fame: The Musical.”
“I have always loved the story behind “Fame.” I remember watching the original movie when it came out and the TV series,” director Debbie Pletcher told Cat5. “Fame” takes a group of extraordinarily talented young people and challenges them to overcome all obstacles to become more. Although, there are pitfalls and problems along the way, if you believe in yourself and believe in others, you can make a difference.”
Pletcher is no newbie to community theater. She’s directed several beloved musicals over the past 10 years — “Hairspray” and “Grease” among them — while working at the Jefferson County Tax Office, a place that probably doesn’t have much occasion for people to burst into song.
“ I love how the theatre is so inclusive; everyone belongs and can fit in. I believe as more schools cut funding for the arts that community theater is more relevant than ever. It give youth an opportunity to learn the arts,” she said.
And “Fame” is the perfect show to showcase the diversity and talent that resides in Southeast Texas.
“I have dancers that have never acted before, actors that have never danced before, and singers that haven’t acted or danced. They have just gelled so well that I don’t believe audiences will be able to tell,” Pletcher said. “Southeast Texas has an amazingly deep talent pool and I’m blessed to have been able to work with this cast.”
Fame: The Musical
Presented by Port Arthur Little Theatre, this musical follows the final class of New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts from admission to graduation. The students’ struggles, fears and triumphs are articulated in high energy dance, rap and song.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; Aug. 2-4 and Aug. 9-11
When: 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur
Information: 409-727-7258; palt.org
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