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Posted on Nov 29, 2018

Play, concert happening at QHS this week

Lovers of the performing arts will have a week to remember in the Quincy Valley, with the chance to spread some holiday cheer in the process.
The Quincy High School Drama Club’s production of “Dracula in Paradise” will open Thursday night and put on two more shows on Saturday. Then on Sunday, Dec. 2, Quincy Valley Allied Arts will hold its Community Christmas Choir Concert.
The concert is also a fundraiser for the Quincy food bank, with admission to the show being the donation of items such as sugar, rice, tuna, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
The show starts at 6 p.m., at QHS, said Kylie Youngren, the QHS choir director. She also co-directs the community choir with her husband.
More than 50 people take part in this community choir, which almost doubles last year’s numbers.
“I love directing community choir because these are people who are choosing to be there, giving up a couple of hours every Sunday, which is not easy,” Youngren said, “to be able to come together, people who are so different, and fulfills so many different roles in Quincy, it’s just a good example of what is like to work as a team.”
In addition to directing, Youngren gets to perform in a few numbers with the choir.
“The nice thing about having a husband who also has a music degree is that he can direct as well, so I can enjoy being a singer,” she said. “That’s another reason I love a community choir.”
Youngren is the assistant director for “Dracula in Paradise,” which opens Nov. 29 at QHS.
The comedic tale of Countess Dracula and her encounter with a Hollywood film crew coming to film her in her castle has multi-talented senior Ivania Chavez in the lead. The show is a family show, Youngren said, for everyone to enjoy watching the Countess and her amusing travails. The Countess needs cash and is in denial about it.
“Things are kind of slow in Transylvania,” Youngren quipped.
The director of the production is Daphne Marotto, who was not available for comment. This is the duo’s first time working together as co-advisers of the Drama Club. Longtime adviser Tracy Higgins retired this year.
Youngren described the experience as a positive one, getting to know more students and figuring out how to work in tandem with Marotto. They will also team up for a musical during the spring semester.
Thursday’s show is at 7 p.m. Saturday’s shows are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $5.

By Sebastian Moraga,