"Curtain Up!" next for Sheldon stage

Sheldon High School juniors Shelby Petersen and Claire Krogman stand on either side of senior Maya Riddle while rehearsing a scene from “Curtain Up!” by Peter Quilter. The second show of the summer theatre season will be performed Thursday-Saturday in the auditorium.

SHELDON—The second show of the Sheldon High School Summer Theatre season is bringing 1980s nostalgia to the stage.

A cast of five students will perform in “Curtain Up!” by Peter Quilter at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, June 17-19, in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for K-12 students.

Sheldon graduate Chrissy Moyer is directing the play, which is set in the 1980s and tells the story of five women who inherit a dilapidated theater and work to fix it up.

“It’s really high energy. It’s dramatic but in a funny way, just very entertaining,” Moyer said.

“All of the characters just have such unique relationships with each other — they either absolutely love each other or they absolutely hate each other, which can be really funny and really intense.”

The play follows the characters as they bring new life to the old performing venue by cleaning up garbage and repainting walls. They also raise money to put on a concert there and even enlist the help of “Cabaret” star Liza Minnelli to make a celebrity appearance.

The cast of the show consists of junior Faith Richards as Theresa; junior Shelby Petersen as Sharon; junior Claire Krogman as Pam; senior Mya Riddle as Betty; and senior Madison Bedwell as Jackie.

Moyer and the cast began rehearsals for “Curtain Up!” in late May. She commended the way the actors have immersed themselves in their characters.

“If I say, ‘Here’s my vision, do with it what you will,’ they just go all out with their characters. It’s really funny the way that they’re presenting it,” Moyer said.

The 1980s setting of the show was one challenge she mentioned that she and the cast have had to grapple with. For instance, Moyer has had to explain some of the references to the period to the cast during rehearsals, and the actors also had to learn an ’80s workout routine that’s shown in one scene.

Moyer graduated from Sheldon High School in 2014 and later received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northwestern College in 2018.

She taught elementary education for a few years after finishing college. She started teaching English as a Second Language in the Sibley-Ocheyedan School District the past academic year.

This is Moyer’s fifth summer working with the summer theatre program. She was involved with the program as a staff member during her summers in between her college years.