By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Characters from Charlie Brown and Lucy to Flounder will cross the stage Friday and Saturday in the James Maskus Auditorium.
For about a month, Liberal High School’s drama club and Thespian Troupe No. 3024 have been putting the finishing touches on a group of songs from various musicals combined to bring the audience, “Broadway the LK Way Coffee House.”
LHS drama director Lauren Peck said coffee and desserts will be provided for audience members who come see the show.
“It’s really going to be kind of a laid back intimate musical experience,” she said.
Peck has a background in community theater, and she said the Liberal show is a variation on the “Broadway, Our Way” theme.
“I’ve seen it done several different ways,” she said. “We kind of put a different spin on it every time. I thought it would be really cool to do it in Liberal and call it ‘Broadway, the LK Way.’ We could put the Liberal spin on it.”
The music of this weekend’s show features songs which speak to the way of life in Liberal “as much as a musical can,” according to Peck.
“They all relate to us in some phase or fashion,” she said. “The performers will be singing numbers from a wide variety of musicals – everything from ‘South Pacific’ to ‘Wicked.’ The show will be presented in the coffee house style. Audience and performers will come together in an intimate setting (the stage), and there will be drinks and desserts offered.”
Peck said work on Broadway began about a month ago, and thus far, it has been an interesting experience.
“I have a lot of kids in this show who have never been in a show before or who have very little experience,” she said. “It’s been a really good growing experience for them to get some time on stage and getting to know how we work in rehearsals.”
Peck said the show really doesn’t have a plot.
“The songs are from different shows,” she said. “There’s basically no story line between them. It’s just that we’re doing a little musical cabaret. The cast depends on who’s doing the particular number. Essentially, we’ve got students and teachers coming together to do two nights of performing and have a really good time.”
“Broadway the LK Way Coffee House” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the James Maskus Auditorium. Tickets are $5 each for couples and $7 for singles. Drinks and desserts will be provided.
Tickets will be sold at the door and also by the cast members. For more information, contact Lauren Peck at 604-1272 or e-mail at
or contact any of the cast members.