Kickapoo Theater Production Earns Statewide Honor

by Springfield Public Schools

Kickapoo High School’s production of “Into the Woods” has been selected for a MainStage performance by the Missouri State Thespian Society. The statewide honor is only given to one high school production each year, with more than 90 high schools submitting their productions for consideration, said Michael Butcher, theater teacher at KHS.

“Our students attend this conference each year and get to see the best in Missouri on the MainStage,” said Butcher. “Now, we are being recognized as one of the best programs in the entire state.”

Kickapoo High School students will perform “Into the Woods” in front of an audience of 2,000 at the Musical Hall Theater in Kansas City on Jan. 10, the theatrical equivalent of winning state in a high school sport, said Butcher.

“The students will have the opportunity to perform on a professional stage in front of a couple of thousand audience members; it doesn’t get any bigger than that,” said Butcher. “The preparation that will go into taking this on the road, the load in on the morning of the performance, the setup, and then performance, this will all be an experience that cannot be replicated anywhere but on the professional level of theatre.”