Students set to present com­edy ‘Death and Taxes’at SAHS

Souderton Independent - - OPINION - By Linda Stein

Theater students at Soud­er­ton Area High School will leave you laugh­ing with a com­edy that goes by the se­ri­ous ti­tle “Death and Taxes.”

The nine thes­pi­ans per­formed with elan at a re­cent re­hearsal of the Pat Cook play that in­volves murder, a small town, a sher­iff and a town coun­cil meet­ing.

Co-di­rec­tors Kate Bernard and Blair Endy coached the students as they re­hearsed Thurs­day.

Last year, the students per­formed a drama, Bernard said.

“This year we chose to do a com­edy and a mys­tery,” she said. “It’s a dif­fer­ent kind of chal­lenge for the students.”

Nick Cardillo, 15, is only a fresh­man but he’s acted be­fore, per­form­ing with Play­crafters of Skip­pack, Mont­gomery Theater and DCP The­atre.

“I’ve had a love of act­ing for a very long time,” said Cardillo, who plays a news­pa­per re­porter in this show. “I just like pre­tend­ing to be an­other char­ac­ter for a lit­tle while and to use my imag­i­na­tion.”

He plans to stay in­volved with theater as an adult, pos­si­bly as a hobby, he said.

Emily Thomp­son, 17, a se­nior, plays the part of the mayor who “tries to keep or­der” dur­ing the up­heaval caused by the murder of a visi­tor to the town.

“I get to tie to­gether the dif­fer­ent SDrWV DnG JHW uV WR WKH finDO JRDO,” said Thomp­son. She’s also per­formed with Mont­gomery Theater and acted in other plays at SAHS. She said she en­joys act­ing be­cause “it gives me a chance to prac­tice time man­age­ment.”

“The theater group is a fun group to be with,” she said. “I like hang­ing out with a group of peo­ple here. They’re re­ally unique. And it’s good prac­tice for speak­ing skills.”

Thomp­son said she plans to study an­i­ma­tion and hopes to at­tend Sa­van­nah Col­lege of Art and De­sign next year.

Daniel Alessi, 17, of Har­leysville, plays a small town sher- iff with an at­ti­tude.

Alessi’s prior act­ing ex­pe­ri­ence con­sists of a play in fourth grade at Penn View Chris­tian School but he por­trayed the sher­iff very con­vinc­ingly.

“I re­ally love it,” said Alessi. “It’s re­ally fun.”

$W firVW, WKH MunLRr GLGn’W OLNH wait­ing un­til af­ter play prac­tice to do his home­work in the evening but it grew on him.

“I re­ally got into my char­ac­ter and put my own spin on him and re­ally got to en­joy it,” Alessi said.

So far Alessi’s fa­vorite high school class has been tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tion and he’d like to have a FDrHHr LnWR fiOP Rr 7V.

“I found out that’s what I’d like to do when I get older,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to the ac­tors, 14 other students do all the back­stage work, like build­ing props and han­dling lighting and sound, to make the pro­duc­tion come to life.

Se­nior Laura voung, 18, of Telford, is a stage man­ager. She’s been in stage crew for all four years of high school and hopes to continue with the ac­tiv­ity in col­lege.

“It’s a whole show back­stage,” said voung. “But it’s also as a ninja and we don’t get seen. I like be­ing back­stage.”

For her se­nior project, voung of­fered her stage manag­ing ser­vices for “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” for Play­crafters.

Peo­ple should come to “Death and Taxes” be­cause “it’s re­ally funny,” voung said.

“It’s very comedic,” she said. “It keeps you en­ter­tained. I wan­tHG WR finG RuW wKR WKH PurGHrHr wDV DnG yRu GRn’W finG RuW unWLO the end. The cast has worked re­ally hard.”

Tick­ets to the show, which runs Nov. 1 and 2 at 7 p.m. at the SAHS au­di­to­rium, can be pur­chased in ad­vance or at the door. The cost is A5 for students and A8 for adults. For more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase tick­ets, email kbernard@ soud­er­ or call 215-7232808 ext. 21247.

Pho­tos by MARK C. PSORAS

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