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Final Dress Rehearsal is really only the start for this year’s cast PDF Print E-mail


By Jan Rahn

Managing Editor

On Sunday night, high school students will perform their play production, “Final Dress Rehearsal” by Jack Frakes for the public in preparation for competition against other thespians in their conference and district.

Formerly known as One Acts, the 2010 performances lead up to state competition scheduled for the second week in December.

Come watch and support these young actors Sunday night, Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room at Perkins County High School.

The play is about an amateur theatrical group whose final dress rehearsal of “Cinderella” is a disaster.

Cinderella (played by Ashley Kemling) is late, the prompter (Trevor Lee) wants to play all the parts, the sassy stage crew is noisy, and the author (Calla Mailand) feels her brainchild is being ruined.

The stepmother (Rachel Patrick) and stepsisters (Shania Metcalf and Courtney McClenahan) miss cues, sound effects are played at the wrong speed, the messenger (Blake Poppe) crashes his bicycle, the fairy godmother (Tanya Metcalf) can’t find her wand and a disgruntled drama student (John Prante) is determined to steal the show.

Needless to say the director (Christian Miyamoto) is distraught.

Other cast members include Michael Dreiling as “Cinderella’s” stage manager, Ty Summers, Chase Miyamoto and Quinton Hite as stagehands, Krystal Gaar as utility girl, and Trevor Lee as prompter.

The play production crew for “Final Dress Rehearsal” includes Rebecca Cornelius, Jeremy Hagan and Allison Kiolbasa.

Working as understudy in the female role is Katie Rowley. Ben Ross is the male understudy.

son and a very demanding one for the high school actors.

“This year’s play sounds super easy and cute when you first read the script,” said Glunz. “However, since it is a play within a play, many of my students have to develop two characters and give both of their characters substance within a 30-minute window.”

Pairing this with the fact that only five cast members have ever had a speaking part in Play Production competition creates more of a struggle.

Glunz said shortened preparation time, rescheduling the public performance and the success of the fall athletic teams makes everyone feel they are behind compared to previous years.

Although the students have only had 20 rehearsals which have been under an hour three mornings a week since the first week in October, the talented students at PCHS will no doubt pull off their typical outstanding performance and be more than ready for upcoming competitions.

Desserts will be served following Sunday’s performance. A free will offering will be taken to offset the cost of royalty fees, costume rental and the set.

Last Year’s Results

The talented actors from last year’s play production cast of “One of Our Clowns is Missing” receiving SPVA All-Conference recognition included Mackenzie Hite and Christian Miyamoto. Honorable mention went to Brooke Poppe.

The cast was named C2-6 district champions, with five of the cast being honored for outstanding performances—Erik Hagan, Jeremy Hagan, Mackenzie Hite, Christian Miyamoto and Brooke Poppe.

The performers claimed a fifth place title at the state level in Class C2 with seven being given outstanding performance status—Erik Hagan, Jeremy Hagan, Mackenzie Hite, Christian Miyamoto, Brooke Poppe, Kye Kurkowski and Ashley Kemling.