Volume 13, Issue 8
October 8, 2020
Lights, Camera, Action!
Lakehill Musical Theatre students take part in a Broadway master class with Jeremy Hays
By Mark Guerra,
Theatre and Film Director

In lieu of a musical theatre production this fall, students are working on a socially-distant, filmed musical revue.  Students have selected solos, duets and group numbers that they have been working on throughout the semester. Some numbers will be filmed outside, some in front of a green screen and there is even one number that will be animated by Junior, Luke Williams. While this is not an ideal situation for our performers, this has given them the opportunity to perform any songs they wish. Most actors/singers have dream roles they would like to play someday and this year, they get to play all of them. 

In 2016, while on Lakehill’s Performing Arts Trip to New York City, students and chaperones attended a performance of The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater.  I happened to be friends with the wife of the actor who played “Raoul”, Jeremy Hays, and was lucky enough to get a meet & greet for a few students and myself. The students and I were allowed in through the stage door where Mr. Hays gave us a  backstage tour. We were beyond thrilled to get this opportunity and it really shaped the Broadway experience for the lucky students who were with me. 

Fast forward to 2020. Due to the pandemic, all theaters on Broadway have gone dark until at least January 3rd.  Some say it will be even longer than that. There are more than 51,000 members of the Actor’s Equity Association, the union for stage actors and stage managers, who are currently out of work. That number is a small drop in the bucket of the unemployed multitudes of artists, stage technicians, house managers and ushers, marketers, costumers and the list goes on and on. 

While this has been devastating for unemployed artists and it has created a situation where a NYC Performing Arts trip will not be possible for Lakehill students, Jeremy Hays and his family have temporarily relocated to the Dallas area and that has given Mr. Herron and me the opportunity to bring Broadway to Lakehill.

Over the past week, Lakehill students were fortunate to have two 3-hour master lasses with Mr. Hays.  Each student/group got an opportunity to perform their pieces for him and then received acting and vocal coaching to enhance their performance. To say I was impressed with what Mr. Hays was able to achieve with the students would be a gross understatement. Not only does he come to us with a vast experience in acting and singing that he was able to impart on the students, but he has a magical way of showing them how to use their breath and their bodies to fully realize the character and the story they are trying to tell. I saw students who were hesitant and almost shy at the beginning of their mini-session grow within 20 to 30 minutes of work to a full-out confident performance that more than once brought tears to my eyes. In addition to his vast breadth of knowledge of Broadway shows, Mr. Hays used a mixture of traditional performance techniques mixed with a whimsical array of physical exercises that drew brilliance from our students and led them to a true place of storytelling. This was such a powerful experience for all involved. 

I would like to thank the PFC and our administration for seeing the benefit of a master class with Mr. Hays and I think it will be apparent in the students' performances. 

While there is not a dedicated performance date, Lakehill students and families can look forward to a "virtual performance" at the end of the semester.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks. 
JEREMY LANDON HAYS is an actor, singer, writer, and producer.
His television appearances include a recurring role on "The Oath" (Sony Crackle), “Bull” (CBS), “FBI” (CBS), "Broad City" (Comedy Central), "The Blacklist" (NBC) "Turn: Washington Spies" (AMC) and the soon to be released Scott Rudin film Compliance for FX starring Mary Louise Parker. Jeremy is also set to appear in a new independent film Sometime Other Than Now starring Kate Walsh, Donal Logue, and Amy Hargreaves. Jeremy recently played the role of Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. He made his Broadway debut in the first revival of Les Misérables and went on to originate the role of Enjolras for the 25th Anniversary production at Paper Mill Playhouse and the subsequent national tour. He performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival as a soloist in Play It Again, Marvin a musical review of the music of Marvin Hamlisch.
Maintaining our good habits
Everyone is doing a great job wearing masks. Thank you so much for staying mindful and making sure masks are worn at all times. Here a few reminders just to keep us on our toes.
  • Masks must fit snuggly over the nose, mouth, and chin, and against the side of the face.
  • Masks must include multiple layers of fabric or be disposable surgical masks.
  • Bandanas, gaiters, and gaping or flowing face coverings are not permitted.
  • Face shields are not permitted for students unless worn in addition to a mask.
  • Masks should be changed if they become wet or soiled.
  • Students should bring an extra mask to school each day in case it is needed.
This year we have enhanced the TREK for TECH experience so that everyone can participate safely as a family or on their own. We are offering more fun and challenging opportunities, from the One Mile Fun Run and 5K Race to the FIT for TECH Fitness Challenge, all culminating in an exciting Awards Show & Trivia Game. Register for the 22nd annual TREK for TECH experience and help raise money for Lakehill’s Technology needs!
 Learn more details and register for your exciting TREK for TECH experience:
Warrior Football

This Saturday, October 10, Lakehill JV Football team kicks off their season at 1:00 pm at the Roger L Perry Athletic Complex.

Varsity Football (1-0) will be back on the field on October 23 at Lucas Christian.

Support your Warrior Football teams on the TAPPSTV live stream channel.

Go Warriors!
Warrior Volleyball

The JV and Varsity Volleyball teams fell to McKinney Cornerstone last Thursday and Rockwall Heritage on Tuesday in District play.

Hannah Reister had a breakout performance against HCA on Tuesday recording several solo blocks.

Both teams return to action at home against district rival Dallas Lutheran next Tuesday, October 13th. JV will start at 5:00 pm and Varsity at 6:00 pm.

Looking Ahead
October 9 - 12
Fall Break
Campus will be closed.

October 10
Cross Country Meet
Covenant Invitational - 10:00 am.
JV Football vs FW Covenant Classical
Kick off is set for 1:00 pm. Restricted Admission.

October 13
Volleyball vs Lutheran
JV - 5:00 pm, Varsity 6:00 pm. Restricted Admission.

October 14
Senior Work Day
Environmental Science Center
PSAT on Campus

October 15
Volleyball at Lucas Christian
JV - 5:30 pm, Varsity 6:30 pm. Restricted Admission.
Lower School Admission Preview
The Lower School Admission Preview will begin at 8:30 am as a Zoom Webinar.

October 16
Executive PFC Meeting
Executive PFC Meeting will begin at 2:00 pm as a virtual meeting.

October 17
Cross Country Meet
DFW Charter and Private School Meet at the BUFF - 8:00 am.
Together We Can impact the Lakehill community by supporting the Warrior Fund! Make a one-time or recurring donation today, or pledge to give later in the year.

Thank you to everyone who has already donated or pledged to support the
Warrior experience - you make a difference!

COVID-19: Lakehill Preparatory School
Visit the Lakehill Website to read Lakehill's Plan for Reopening.

Please review our “what if” scenarios regarding notification and returning to school after an illness that may be helpful in clarifying situations we may encounter: COVID-19 What Ifs.
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