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The LAHS Olions Thespian Club has traveled to some interesting places in their shows, but none quite as outrageous as this year’s ’Topper Revue destination: the Los Alamos National Laboratory. In fact, the lab is such an unusual location that the emcees get lost.
“We chose the theme, ‘Lost in the Lab’ because it is something our whole town can enjoy,” emcee Josh Dolin said. “Los Alamos is centered around the lab.”
The show integrates the aura of mystery surrounding the work done at the lab. The emcees encounter a “mystical creatures room” and a “sci-fi laser gun room” among other exciting projects on their journey.
As always, Topper Revue is written by the six emcees who are all seniors at LAHS; the acts within Topper Revue are selected by the emcees and Nina Saunders, the Olions sponsor. The emcees were cast mid-December and got right to work on the script. Amanda Jalbert, another emcee, called the process “draining but fun” and Dane Hjersen added that it was exciting. The act auditions were held in early-January.
Showcasing Los Alamos High School’s talent is an Irish dancing group, several musical acts, a world-renowned unicyclist and more.
“We had really great talent to choose from this year,” emcee Sydney Provan said. “It was really difficult to choose what got put in the show.”
The emcees also worked with the cast of performers to polish and revise their acts so as to develop a more cohesive show. Topper Revue is a collaboration of the best talent Los Alamos High School has to offer; even the behind-the-scenes talent is at its best.
“I like doing Topper Revue because of the technical challenges presented with so many different acts,” technician and performer Ryan Dunham said.
The different talents of Los Alamos students are truly highlighted in the show.
This year’s collaborative process has created a memorable show. As always, Olions sponsor Nina Saunders worked with the students to produce the show. “Topper Revue is one of my favorite shows of the year because the entire production is original work, from the emcees script to the individual acts to the technical design. Students create it all,” Saunders said. “This year I was particularly pleased with the emcees ability to collaborate in both their writing and their performance.”
The emcees are Josh Dolin, Dane Hjersen, Amanda Jalbert, Craig Mortensen, Sydney Provan and Molly Willms. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, as well as Feb. 4, 5 and 6. There will also be a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
Tickets cost $12 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and free for children age 7 and younger and LAPS staff. The show can be enjoyed by all ages but the show includes strobe light and fog machine usage.