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The principals of the YSHS fall play 'Last Night of Ballyhoo' are counterclockwise from bottom left, Lela Dewey, Liana Rothman, Zyna Bakari, Ben Green, Lydia Jewett, Talia Boutis, Colton Pitstick and Rory Papania.

YSHS to host several last nights of ‘Ballyhoo’

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Lala, played by Zyna Bakari, talks to her mother Boo, played by Lydia Jewett, about her aspirations.


The Yellow Springs High School thespians present their fall play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, this weekend and next, Nov. 11–13 and 18–20 at the Mills Lawn gym. Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and seniors; $9 for adults.

The show, set in Atlanta in 1939, is about a Jewish family on the path to full assimilation into American culture. Even on the eve of the second World War, it takes the influence of several Jewish friends to make the Freitags aware of the importance of their own ethnic and religious heritage. Ballyhoo was written by Alfred Uhlry (Driving Miss Daisy) in 1997.

The romantic comedy is directed by Ara Beal, with the help of stage manager Robbie Weigand, lights coordinators Katie Triplett and Mary Triplett, costume design by Moira Laughlin, and set design by Eli Mulhall and Jerome Borchers.


The Freitag Family invites Joe Farkas over for a Christmas chat.



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