Archive for Thursday, November 2, 2000

EHS to present musical farce

November 2, 2000

The Eudora High drama department will present a musical farce for this fall`s performance, with dates contingent on the EHS football team`s future successes.

EHS drama director Jeannine Sample is directing "Moose Murders" and said the football team`s possibility of playoff games have her evaluating options for performance times. With two football players in the play, she said, the cast and crew will have to work through the obstacle.

"We`re just going to have to do it game by game," Sample said.

In the meantime, the students continue rehearsing for their performance. The 10-actor cast began practicing in September. Sample said her summer is spent reading plays and she decided on "Moose Murders" because it`s challenging.

"It`s a hard play for high school kids to do," Sample said. "I don`t do typical plays anyway.

"As I was reading it, I fell madly in love with it," Sample said.

Senior Zac Hamlin plays Howie, a blind man. To make the most of his performance, Sample brought in a visually impaired specialist to give Hamlin pointers.

"I wanted to make sure he was doing it right so I didn`t offend anybody," Sample said.

Hamlin said the experience has been very positive. He`s learned to change much of his natural mannerisms to fit the part.

"It made a big difference," Hamlin said. "The first point that he made is not be athletic. Your center of gravity is all different."

Practicing with a solid mask has been beneficial to not only learn the part, but to get a feel for his surroundings.

"Yesterday during practice I ran my hand over a chair and I found a screw, so I`m glad I didn`t sit in it," Hamlin said.

In "Moose Murders," wealthy heirs of a wealthy but ailing elderly man have purchased a lodge as a place for the father to live out his last days. During a faux game of murder, someone is killed and the search for the killer begins.

One reason Sample picked "Moose Murders" was based on whether a fake moose head prop could be constructed. Sample called EHS art instructor Gary Hinman on the possibility of its construction. She said she was pleased with the results.

"This guy is just unbelievable," Sample said. "The kids just about died when I brought it in the other night."

As scheduled, "Moose Murders" will run at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10 and Saturday, Nov. 11. Should the EHS football team have to play Friday, Nov. 10, then the Friday performance would be rescheduled to 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12.

Tickets are $3 for adults. Anyone wanting more information may call EHS at 542-4980.

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