GHS stages on-demand shows

The casts of “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play,” performed virtually last weekend by students at Goddard High School.

Staff report

GODDARD – Students at Goddard High school staged an on-demand Christmas show last weekend, Dec. 19-20.
With COVID-19 restrictions in place, many schools are not staging plays, are having limited audiences, or are looking for new alternatives to give youth a chance to perform.
Goddard High students staged “A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play,” with two different casts, one performing on Saturday and the other performing on Sunday. It was a staged radio show, meaning students were “recording” a radio show as if it were in the 1940s, with modern pandemic safety precautions in place. The show featured small casts with cast members doing multiple voiced and accents, as well as sound effects.
Streaming performances were limited to a single showing on the given day, due to licensing restrictions imposed by the show’s publisher.
The Dec. 19 cast included Dominic Hula, Lachland Oettle, Brody Craven, Aiden Ferley, Kaitlyn Johnson, Alivia Herrera, Stephanie Fisher, Katie Kane, Joe Ast, Jack Evers, Nathan Hoy Jr., and Haley Lewis. Stage manager was Paul Johnston.
The Dec. 20 cast included Aidan Oswald Harris, Laekin Weaver, Corbin Molina, Nikkolette Ragsdale Smith, Kelsey Crews Warner, Emma Woodworth, Kenzi Stevens, Joe Ast, Emma Norton, Brody Craven, Nathan Hoy Jr., Allie Snyder and Hannah Rogers. Kash Sheets was rehearsal stage manager, and Lachlan Oettle was performance stage manager and announcer.
Jamie Oettle directed both shows. For both shows, Nathan Hoy Jr. was assistant stage manager, Jaydon Weve was pianist, musical arranger and composer, and Lauren Moore was sound board operator. On-stage sound effects were by Joe Ast, Nathan Hoy Jr., Stephanie Fisher and Haley Lewis. Sets, props and sound effects construction were by Chase Balvanz, Montgomery Duncan, Julianna Hare, Paul Johnston, Kaylee Laha, Ryan Moats, Ivy Payne, Brylee Sagerty, Riley Sinnett, Sydnie Stephenson, Olivia Taylor and Emma Woodworth.