A com­edy of er­rors

Blue Moun­tain drama club to stage Neil Si­mon’s ‘ Ru­mors’

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570- 628- 6002

Alo­cal high school act­ing group is set to hu­mor au­di­ences with their ren­di­tion of a com­edy of er­rors next

week­end. The Blue Moun­tain High School Drama Club will per­form “Ru­mors: A Farce” at 7 p. m. Nov. 17 and 18 and 2 p. m. Nov. 19 at Blue Moun­tain High School au­di­to­rium, Or­wigs­burg. Tick­ets are $ 3 for se­niors and stu­dents and $ 5 for adults.

The play, writ­ten by Neil Si­mon, orig­i­nally de­buted on Broad­way on Nov. 17, 1988, ac­cord­ing to di­rec­tor Michael Shoupe. The school’s first per­for­mance of the play just so hap­pens to fall on the pro­duc­tion’s 29th an­niver­sary.

It is set in late ’ 80s at the res­i­dence of Char­lie, the deputy­mayor of New York City, and his wife, Myra, on the night of their 10th wed­ding an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion. Then, the first guests— Chris and Ken Gor­man— ar­rive and re­al­ize some­thing is amiss; Char­lie is bleed­ing froma gun­shot wound to the ear­lobe, and Myra is MIA.

“Hi­lar­ity en­sues as more and more party guests ar­rive, and Chris and Ken try to keep the scan­dal a se­cret. The play is called ‘ Ru­mors’ be­cause each cou­ple has se­crets they’d rather keep quiet,” Shoupe said.

The play re­volves around the com­edy pre­sented ab­surdly and quickly, and is de­rived from mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tions, mis­taken iden­ti­ties and a bit of slap­stick, ac­cord­ing to Shoupe.

“One char­ac­ter suf­fers from whiplash, an­other from back spasms, an­other from tem­po­rary deaf­ness,” he said.

The cast con­sists of Alexis Washko as Chris Gor­man; Adam Moyer as Ken Gor­man; Abi­gail Smith as Claire Ganz; Adam Moyer as Lenny Ganz; Raven Wes­ley as Cookie Cu­sack; James Stone as Ernie Cu­sack; Se­quoia Gaw­lik as Cassie Cooper; Derek DaSilva as Glenn Cooper; Ryan Snopek as Of­fi­cer Welch; and Syd­ney Boyer as Of­fi­cer Pud­ney.

“I like do­ing come­dies for the fall plays. We have a group of kids here at Blue Moun­tain that are just nat­u­rally funny, and Iwant to show­case that. Peo­ple love to laugh, so come­dies al­ways work well,” Shoupe said.

Shoupe said he wanted to bring the play to Blue Moun­tain be­cause it isn’t well know.

“I like do­ing things that are a lit­tle off the beaten path. Last year, I heard noth­ing but great things about our pro­duc­tion ‘ Har­vey.’ I’m sure ‘ Ru­mors’ will be re­ceived just aswell. We have a hand­ful of kids re­turn­ing fromthat pro­duc­tion, and they are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job,” he said.

For­more in­for­ma­tion about the play, call Shoupe at the high school at 570- 366- 0511, ext. 2121.

“I like do­ing things that are a lit­tle off the beaten path. Last year, I heard noth­ing but great things about our pro­duc­tion ‘ Har­vey.’ I’m sure ‘ Ru­mors’ will be re­ceived just as well. We have a hand­ful of kids re­turn­ing from that pro­duc­tion, and they are do­ing a fan­tas­tic job.” Michael Shoupe di­rec­tor

DAVID MCKE­OWN / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

Mem­bers of the cast of “Ru­mors: A Farce” in­clude, from left, Se­quoia Gaw­lik, por­tray­ing Cassie Cooper; Adam Beam, por­tray­ing Len­nie Ganz; Ryan Snopek, por­tray­ing Of­fi­cer Welch; Abby Smith, por­tray­ing Claire Ganz, and Raven Wes­ley, por­tray­ing Cookie Cu­sack. The show will be held at 7 p. m. Nov. 17 and 18 and 2 p. m. Nov. 19 at Blue Moun­tain High School, Or­wigs­burg.

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