Archive for Thursday, March 8, 2001

EHS thespians to present final musical of school year

March 8, 2001

Eudora High thespians are hitting the stage for the last time this school year with the presentation of a musical comedy next week.

EHS will present "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to a Forum," March 15 16.

The play, set in 200 B.C. on a street in Rome, focuses on a crafty slave as he struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted woman for his young master in exchange for his freedom.

EHS drama director Jeannine Sample said the play is filled with sidesplitting humor that audiences will enjoy.

"It's almost like a vaudeville show," Sample said. "It's definitely a comedy with mistaken identities."

With 42 students participating, including 24 actors and extras, Sample said this is one of the school's biggest productions.

Performing a show of this size required many costumes, Sample said. After researching and finding the cheapest costumes at $59 each, she looked for other options. Her search led her to women in Eudora willing to donate their time to make the costumes. The drama department purchased the material and volunteers did the rest.

Sample said the volunteers deserved extra praise considering that none of them were directly related to the cast or crew.

"Most of them were retired," she said. "None of them had children in high school."

EHS will kick off its performance of the musical Thursday afternoon with a free performance for Eudora's senior citizens.

Three EHS seniors with plenty of drama experience will be leaving their high school theatrics behind with this musical.

Senior Aimee Barber has been involved with EHS musicals and plays since her freshman year. With this musical being her last, she's saddened yet thankful, she said. Barber plans on continuing acting after high school when she attends Emporia State University.

"I'm going to miss doing it in high school," she said. "But I'm thinking of minoring in drama."

Senior Zac Hamlin has also been involved with theater throughout his high school career. Hamlin said he also plans on continuing his theater experience.

"I'm going to attempt to get in one of the troupes (in Kansas University's drama department)," he said. "If not, I plan to stay active in community and civic theaters."

Though unsure if he'll continue acting at the next level, senior Peter Hickman said he's learned a great deal about self-discipline and patience through his theater experience. Hickman said he learned a lot about his personal ability to remain dedicated to a task despite conflicting schedules.

"It's been more challenging this year because of sports," he said.

Aside from scheduling problems with play and athletics practices, choreographer Mindy Salmans said the students did well to learn what was needed to make the performance a success.

"They picked it up pretty quickly," she said. "I made up the actions according to their characters so it came pretty natural. Some of them think they have three feet, but some of them do pretty well."

Tickets are $3 for adults. Students get in free.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., March 15 and 16 at EHS auditorium. For more information call 542-4980.

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