A comedy of errors
Blue Mountain drama club to stage Neil Simon’s ‘ Rumors’
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
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.