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Winter comedy performed by theater students

The winter play, The Man Who Came to Dinner, was performed last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the auditorium.

“The play is set in the 1940s about an old radio personality who has dinner at a couple’s house and breaks his hip slipping on black ice,” said senior Connor Haley, who played the lead character, Sheridan Whiteside. “The play follows the couple and radio host as he wreaks havoc on the family.”

Thespian Troupe 888 has been preparing for this play since the end of Winter Break. However, with the weather this winter, getting ready to perform was much harder than expected.

“We’ve been working on this play since the beginning of January, but we didn’t really pull it together until dress rehearsals on ,” Haley said. “All the snow days really threw off our progress.”

The Man Who Came to Dinner was different than most NW plays because of its length. This was a change for many Thespians, since there were more lines to memorize.

“The play had three full acts, so the audience really had to pay attention to understand what was happening in the later acts,” Haley said.

The play was also different because the students of the 7th hour repertory theater class decided on the winter comedy. Normally the teacher, Keli Rodgers, decides the play.

“Ms. Rodgers asked our class to choose the play,” Haley said. “She gave us a handful of scripts, and we looked through them. We decided on the one that was most interesting to us.”

The Man Who Came to Dinner received generally good reception from the audience. People from the audience showed their appreciation by congratulating the actors and actresses.

“My cast mates and I got many kudos for our performance,” Haley said.

Even though the play was a comedy, Haley’s forte, his lead roll was a major change from other parts he’s performed in other plays.

“I’m pretty glad that I decided to act in this play,” Haley said. “At first, I wasn’t going to, but I’m happy I changed my mind. I had a lot of lines to memorize, and it was a different role than I’ve done before.”

The next play for the Thespian Troupe is Les Misérables, a musical set in France during the French Revolution. This is one of the largest productions that the Troupe has ever done.

“It’s the first serious show I’ve done in high school,” Haley said. “We’re starting to work on the week right after The Man Who Came to Dinner is finished. It’s going to be lots of work, but we’re all excited for it.”

Michael Griffin
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Winter comedy performed by theater students