Theater students have been practicing for about two months for the school play “A-Haunting We Will Go,” and their first performance is just about here.
The play, a mystery/comedy, will open 8:45 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 31) in a special performance for students. Public performances will be Thursday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for the school show and $8 for the public shows.
The play is about a TV producer, Norma, who went to a hotel often as a child. She’s going back as an adult one last time before it is torn down, but she begins seeing crazy creatures magically appearing.
Juniors Carly Lancaster and Avery Howell will be switching off as Norma each night.
Senior Kyra Ankrom is directing the play with assistance from theater teacher Laurie Kerhoulas-Brown, or Mrs. KB as she’s commonly known.
Kyra has been a theater student all four years of high school and has decided to study it in college. She has a strong desire to direct, and Mrs. KB was happy to step aside and give her that opportunity.
“Kyra has done a superb job… [She] has worked extremely well with her peers in a leadership role and they in turn have shown great respect for someone new in charge. The actors’ work has been excellent, as well,” Mrs. KB said.
Kyra’s responsibilities include casting the play, creating the stage movements, and making sure everyone knows their lines. Kyra also has worked directly with the technical director, musicians, and stagecraft class to build the set based on how she’s imagined it.
“I’m kind of like the mom of the play,” Kyra joked.
The HHS theater department puts on a straight play in the fall and a musical in the spring each year. Theater teacher Carol Ann Everson is already working on “Mary Poppins” for next semester.
Mrs. KB said the HHS productions are a great opportunity for students to experience live theater.
“Not a lot of people get to see that in their lifetime if they’re not inclined to that,” she said, “so to be able to see a script brought to life on stage is a great opportunity, and we’re thankful that Mr. Cotter allows us to do that.”
Story by Isabella McBride