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A Creepy Comedy Coming to Alden

Max Gucinski, Reporter

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The first meeting of Alden’s Theater Club took place on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, and although it was merely a meeting for business and deciding officer positions, it was still an exciting meeting.

The Fall Play this year is called “Spook House: A Creepy Comedy” by: Billy St. John.

“I feel it’s really interesting; in the past we’ve done a lot of classics that people know, and they kind of can draw inspiration from that, where as this one isn’t very well known. If you look on the website only about ten other schools have done it; So, it’s going to be nice to be able to expand our talents as a club, and be able to get a new character and have to discover it for ourselves. That way we can’t just take it from someone else; which is different from years past.”

Regardless of the fact that it is not as well known of a play, Emma goes on to point out that even though the show itself is not well known; the characters in the show are, including The Mummy, Jekyll and Hyde and even Frankenstein.

Another pressing issue that has always plagued Alden’s Theater Club is the fact that there are always a lot of senior members that move on from year to year. This usually means that club members are low to start. This year has been very different. Many underclassmen are currently signed up as club members. When asked how that would impact the club, Emma responded that the Junior class and the Freshman class, especially have a large interest in theatrical performance, and will help this year’s show greatly.

First impressions of the show are also going over well for Emma, and for other students who have checked it out online.

“…You realize that Viki Stein, the main character, who is a descendent of Frankenstein, is a college student; so it’s kind of relatable. She has a boyfriend, etc. So I think the way that the language is and the way that the characters are is very relatable to not only people in the high school, but as well as the other older people that would probably come out to see the show.”

In Ms. Weisbeck’s absence, Technical director Matt Masci has stepped up to the plate as advisor of Theater Club this year, and will be co-directing the play along with past vocal director Jill Ferrell (formerly Jill Jurek). They both have many years of Theater experience, and are more than qualified to direct this year’s play.

For anyone interested in trying out for the show, auditions will be on September 21st, and 22nd, with callbacks on September 23rd. Rehearsals begin on September 28th, and the show will run November 12th through November 14th.

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8 Responses to “Spook House”

  1. Jeffrey Carlson on September 23rd, 2015 8:10 am

    I might go see this play because it seems really interesting. I like how you’re going to have many different creepy characters in this play. I see some school plays and most of them i enjoy because of the effects.

  2. Nicholas Austin on September 23rd, 2015 8:15 am

    I think this is really cool. The fact that you guys are doing a play that is not known well by other students is interesting. The reasons I never go to school plays is there always the well known plays that I already know. I mean who wants to go to a play that they had probably saw ten times. Now this, this I’ll probably see. Yea it might have all the same characters, but it might be a different story line.

  3. Jeffrey Carlson on September 23rd, 2015 8:33 am

    I will probably go see this production because it seems very interesting. I find it unique that it will have a variation of creepy characters in it. I had seen many other school productions and i enjoyed most of them!

  4. Matt Lamb on September 23rd, 2015 9:25 am

    It looks like a good play. I’m glad that the theater club is moving away from classic productions to do something a little less known.

  5. Kimberly Roy on September 24th, 2015 11:30 am

    I think the play we are preforming this year will turn out amazing. I wish I could have been apart of the production. I’m not going to miss it, I can’t wait to see this unique production. I love how its not a very popular production, it makes it even more interesting.

  6. Lily Hart on September 24th, 2015 1:32 pm

    I am so excited for this year’s play! The show sounds like a really comical and well written play. I can’t wait to see how the High school interprets the play. Kudos to Mrs. Ferrell and Mr. Masci for taking on the big role as directors of the play! Good luck Alden Theatre Club!!

  7. Christian Frank on September 24th, 2015 1:34 pm

    I have never heard of the Spook House play. It seems like an interesting play with several spooky characters. I have not seen a play in our school and I would probably like to try and see this one. I heard the school’s productions are really good.

  8. Tim Hinsken on October 3rd, 2015 9:54 am

    I am so excited for Spook House! All the characters were very well casted. I am looking forward to growing closer to the AHS Drama Club members. I have never heard of this play but it sounds awesome. Cant wait for the show!!! 🙂

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