Summit Country Day School junior Lilly Gieseke’s passion for musical theater has led her to develop her own theatrical production, “A Tale of Two Friends,” which will make its debut on Friday, April 13 at Knox Presbyterian Church in Hyde Park.
Lilly wrote 14 original songs for the production about two friends who write a fairy tale that comes to life. In the fantasy, the two friends must defeat an evil queen.
A veteran of The Summit stage, the Hyde Park teen wrote her first song the summer between her freshman and sophomore years. She was doing a summer reading assignment on the bubonic plague for an Advanced Placement European History class and had to memorize some facts. “I was holding a ukulele so I just kind of wrote a song,” she said.
From there, she has drawn inspiration to write music from seeing “Hamilton” and “Finding Neverland” in New York City and several other plays at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati.
Lilly likes the storytelling aspect of musical theater. “You can tell you can kind of tell a story with one song, but it’s not the same as drawing the story out over all the songs and having all the songs being connected to the musical theme,” she says. “It’s just really nice to connect it all.”
Seven students from The Summit, Walnut Hills, Indian Hill, Oak Hills and Seven Hills high schools are in the cast, and a student from Lebanon High School is in charge of the musicians playing keyboard, drums and bass in the pit.
Showtime will be 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 13 in the Knox Presbyterian Church Social Hall. Tickets are $5 for children, $10 for adults and $20 for families.