Drama Club presents play within a play
Performances of the Quincy High School Drama Club’s fall play, “Shoestring Theater,” begin next week. The audience is sure to find much fun in this tale of a Cinderella story gone wrong.
In the play, theater director Sanders, played by senior Gunnar Petersen, finds he is biting off more than he can chew when he tries to put on an extravagant theater production of Cinderella with all the bells and whistles.
Sanders, like a good director, budgets for the fancy costumes and set for his upcoming play. Unfortunately, the theater coffers are raided and there is no money. Poor Sanders finds himself in a struggle to hash out a shoestring budget for the theater season.
Unbeknownst to the director, the theater kitty has fallen into the hands of a couple of swindlers, Mrs. Brakes and her friend, Bonnie, who steal the money from the Cinderella play so they can fund a luxurious vacation.
The audience will learn if this Cinderella story turns out to be a fairy tale or if theater-on-a-budget is more of a tragedy.
“It has a larger cast for people who want to be in the play,” said Tracy Higgins, QHS drama instructor and play director. “It has easy staging. It’s a humorous play within a play.”
The play, written by Eddie McPherson, has more twists and turns than a coastal highway. Expect the unexpected. The cast features 18 of the high school’s finest actors from its drama club, as well as seven other students who are working behind the scenes.
Senior Shayla Appling, who has been in drama club for three years, is excited to play her part as Denise, a theater volunteer and narrator for the play.
“It’s pretty funny and it’s pretty ironic,” Appling said. “We went off script a little bit. I think the personalities make it kind of funny. Some of them are over the top.”
Show times for “Shoestring Theater” are 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20 in the high school’s performing arts center. There will also be a matinee showing at 2 p.m. on Nov. 21. Tickets for the play are $5 at the door.
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor