Hays Community Theatre presents “It’s Showtime”


The Hays Community Theatre put on a show called “It’s Showtime” by Cheryl Glassman at 7 p.m. on both Friday, Jan. 21 and Saturday, Jan. 22.

The show was a nostalgic ride through the soundtracks and cinematic experiences of movies, musicals and TV shows. Two narrators, Linda Becker and Shawna Koehn, walked the audience through their favorite songs and scenes, working in different genres and various content for all ages.

The show was broken into seven different sections: the Introduction, Broadway Revivals, Classics, Children’s Classics, Favorites, TV and the Closing. Most of the scenes were filled with music, but there were also several scenes from movies and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” which included impressions and a short magic show.

I had gone to the show because of my cousin’s participation, but I was thrilled to see a variety of actors ranging from second grade and up, including several Hays High students, like senior Matthew Bollig and junior Brooke Leiker.

Some of my favorite moments had to Bryan “Buzz” Snyder-Brown’s magic show, the warbly tune of “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” sung by Bollig, the entertaining sisterly quarrel of “Stepsisters’ Lament” from Cinderella by Leiker and Amy Tredwell, the recreation of a scene from “Gilligan’s Island” and, of course, the finale of “Hakuna Matata” and “Circle of Life” from popular Disney movie The Lion King.

I thoroughly enjoyed the night of music, memories, popcorn and laughter. Despite a mistake or two, the actors and show carried on and was overall a lot of fun.