If you go
- What: "Friday Night Live 2013"
- When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
- Where: Capital High School theater
- Tickets: $10, at the door
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - While other high-schoolers can't wait to get away from their schools for the summer, some Capital High theater students have been only too happy to hang on campus.
They have been working on a special theater production that will be presented Friday night and includes several Capital High alumnae who helped with the show.
"Friday Night Live 2013" revives a late spring tradition that took place at the school from 1998 to 2006, said Capital High theater arts teacher Kris Corbett.
When he decided to revive the "Saturday Night Live" style comedy sketch show this year, Corbett had a dilemma. The theater department didn't have much time after its spring musical to do another show. A change in the school calendar had classes ending unusually early.
"Being the way the schedule was, I had to put it in the summer because we needed a bit more time," he said. "The students wanted to do it. I gave them the option and they wanted to be here."
The 90-minute production was written by students. Capital graduates Christopher Lee Clark, Tyler Eldridge and Emily Basile contributed several sketches at Corbett's invitation.
"I have alumni from 1998 and from 2006," he said. "So we get the full range of what the production was, what it evolved to and what it is now. The alumni are loving it. They're saying, 'This is exactly what it was like when I was in high school.' "
The show features 21 students and 20 skits that came out of brainstorming sessions. Topics include a bit on long, boring graduation speeches, for example.