Yellow Springs High School

Cast and crew of "Spotlight on Acting" are, from top left, are Connor Gravley-Novello, Josh Seitz, Jeremiah Wright, Jack Lewis, Noah Winold; second row, Nadia Mulhall, Anna Williamson, Francesca Brecha, Bear Wright, Alex Kellogg, Duard Headley, Lucas Mulhall; front row, Greta Kremer, Marya Weigand, Reese Elam, Anna Knippling, Lorien Chavez, Rachel Meyer, Kaila Russell. (Photo by Megan Bachman)

YSHS theatrical review showcases acting talent

Yellow Springs High School thespian troupe #4671 and the YSHS Theatre Association present “Spotlight on Acting: A Theatrical Review,” featuring scenes and monologues from The Crucible, Peter Pan, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Diary of a Young Girl and more.

The show opens Friday, Nov. 2, with performances continuing on Saturday, Nov. 3, and Sunday, Nov. 4, and next weekend — Nov. 9, 10 and 11— at the Mills Lawn Auditorium. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

This year’s fall play has been full of drama with an unscripted denouement. Plagued by chronic absences and a slew of actors dropping out, three weeks into rehearsals for Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, the production was scrapped. But the show must go on. Only instead of a traditional play, the remaining cast and crew will stage  a review. Cast and crew members said they were upset that The Crucible was canceled, but they are also excited that a review can showcase a wider variety of acting styles.

The first act will include a staging of the fanciful show Peter Pan, along with scenes from the 1940s farcical black comedy, Arsenic and Old Lace, a romantic scene from a 1930s Greta Garbo film, two scenes from The Crucible and a scene from The Hitching Post. Students will also perform monologues from Shakespeare’s Henry VIII, the 17th century comedy School for Wives and modern pieces that deal with child abuse and menstrual periods.

“We wanted to review lots of different aspects of theater to show students doing multiple things,” said Shayne Petty, the review’s director.

Read more in the Nov. 1 issue of the News.

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