Students set to present comedy ‘Death and Taxes’at SAHS
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.
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“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.”
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“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.
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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@ soudertonsd.org or call 215-7232808 ext. 21247.