Directed by Jacob Lester and Cherry Larounis, Lincoln County High School drama students are presenting their first play of the school year, The Curious Savage. Pete Peterson and Linda Butler are assistant directors for the comedy. Students helping in the technical aspects are Averie Mehring on lights, Devan Malone on sound, and Bailey McCrosky helping with the set and props. The play will be presented Oct. 22, 23, 25 and 27 with 7 p.m. shows at the Neldon C. Mathews Center Auditorium, in Panaca. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for students, and $20 for families, which includes immediate family only.
A unique feature about this play, Peterson says, is, “the audience sits on the stage, and completely encircles the cast. It’s a small intimate experience.”
The Curious Savage is a tale of Mrs. Savage, played by Jana Ahlstrom, who has inherited $10 million. After her family members realize she hasn’t spent it, they try to obtain information about where it might be hidden, all the while keeping Mrs. Savage in a retirement home of sorts, where not all residents play with a full deck of cards. Playing the Savage family are Hailee Zierow, Thalia Katschke, Isaac Johnson and Savannah Harr. Mrs. Savage will send her family on a wild goose chase trying to find the money, in what Lester refers to as a “mystery comedy.”
Brandon Jackson returns as the doctor with freshman Molly Nelson acting as his nurse. In the home are other patients, played by Lizzy Gloeckner, Derek Anderson, Asia Frehner and Nathanael Frehner.
The students started rehearsing shortly after the beginning of the school year, and are planning for evenings full of laughter as we catch up with this year’s drama stars.
“The kids have been tearing this up, they love it,” said Lester. “They think it’s hilarious. They are doing a good job with it.