QHS spring play kicks off next week
The Quincy High School Drama Club is gearing up for its spring production of “Our Miss Brooks,” adapted from original material by R.J. Mann by Christopher Sergel.
The play, directed by teacher Tracy Higgins and featuring 17 cast members, is a story about Miss Brooks, a daydreaming teacher who wants to get away and vacation in far off lands.
Some may remember the Brooks character from the television series “Our Miss Brooks,” which was on the air from 1952 to 1956. The show centered on an English teacher at Madison High.
“It’s a classic. It was a sitcom,” Higgins said. “I thought I had the people to do a good job.”
Miss Brooks, played by Erin Nieuwenhuis, collects travel folders and pamphlets about vacations in the Caribbean. Her travel dreams may come true if she can convince the athletic coach, Hugo Longacre (played by Ethan Hallstrom) to take her away on his boat.
Miss Brooks has free time on her hands as well, because it appears she doesn’t have a play to direct. Everything seems perfectly planned, but things go awry when she is committed to putting together yet another school play – and is in direct conflict with Mr. Longacre for use of the gymnasium.
Longacre also stands to lose his prize athlete, Ted (played by Gunnar Petersen), to the play. On the other hand, Miss Brooks has her hands full trying to sort out her actresses. One is an aspiring actress – and the daughter of a school board member – who can’t deliver her lines. Miss Brooks decides to take matters into her own hands and find another girl to play the part.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on March 24, 25 and 26. Tickets are $5, and be purchased at the door.
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor