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H-F Theatre’s spring musical to stream as digital movie

“Ranked,” the 2021 spring musical production at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, is now available for viewing at home or on a larger stage at Irwin Park. 

The pandemic dashed any hopes of a live performance, so H-F High did the next best thing and videotaped the production. The digital movie will be available to stream online July 8-11. The $10 admission ticket gives guests a 24-hour window for viewing. 

The production also will be shown on a big screen at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Irwin Park, Ridge Road at Highland Avenue in Homewood. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for students, children or seniors.

Tickets for in-home and park viewing are available at hfhs.ticketleap.com. The production is recommended for children 10 and older.

“Ranked” is based on the book by Kyle Holmes with music and lyrics by David Taylor Gomes. It tells the story of a dystopian world where competition reaches new heights as publicized academic excellence defines each student’s worth. 

In the face of an intense and perverse culture of performance, the lead character Lily, performed by Morgan Barber, must come to grips with her place in the status quo as she watches friends and enemies alike destroy themselves — and each other — to score their way to the top of the academic leaderboards. When an impossible lie is discovered, the fate of these students’ futures hangs in the balance.

Cast members are Morgan Barber, Charisma Boler, Jaydon Brown, Avery Calhoon, Siara Carpenter, Moises Contreras, Marissa Diaz, Brandon Eddy, Caleb Eddy, Natalie Elfner, Miranda Esparza, Anly Flores, Ronald Gerring, Sean Haggerty, Adeera Harris, Lilah Kreis, Breanne LeBlanc, Aaron Newman, Grace Opyd, Kelly Parker, Michelle Ryan, Amy Ward. 

Student production assistants are Zora Shannon, Halena Laven, Kendall Laven and Sean Haggerty.

The show’s executive producer is Gail Smith, H-F activities director; artistic director is fine arts teacher J.R. Willard-Rose; film producer is H-F teacher Matthew Holdren; technical director is Tim Tholl, auditorium manager; assistant artistic producer and costume coordinator is teacher Anne Calderon; music director is fine arts teacher Steve Sifner; choreography is under the direction of Christopher Kelly, an H-F alumnus; and production assistance is provided by Ann Lawrence, fine arts and activities secretary. 

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