Students from Forbush High School will stage a Renaissance-themed dinner theater production next month. The teens will perform on Dec. 9 and 10 at 6 p.m. at the Yadkinville United Methodist Church Family Life Center, located at 204 W. Main St.
Tickets are $20 and include a catered meal by Big Country Barbeque featuring holiday cider, grilled chicken, red skin potatoes, green beans, dressing, rolls, dessert and tea. Tickets are available through Dec. 2.
The play is a comedic performance entitled “Fools Fall In Love” and will showcase students from the FHS Theatre Department, as well as holiday music favorites by the FHS Show Choir.
“The story begins with a young court jester, who falls in love with a beautiful young maiden. But disaster strikes when he accidentally hits the wrong lady with an enchanted arrow. Alas! A love triangle is formed! He must go on a dangerous quest filled with wizards, unicorns, and love potions to win the heart of his true love,” said Director and Drama Teacher Jamie Campbell.
“The audience is in for a treat,” said Riley Warfel, one of the actors who will be performing. “Great food, with music, and an interactive show always sounds like a winner to me.”
Actor Carlie Taylor said, “I believe the audience will really enjoy the audience interactions that we do. We call it breaking the fourth wall. It gives the audience a chance to actually be a part of the show.”
“The small details are what makes the show so funny,” added Breanna McDowell.
Despite having been rehearsing the show for weeks, students said the jokes never get old.
“I think the audience will enjoy all the jokes within the play the most. There are a lot of funny scenes and jokes throughout the entire show that even I still laugh at after seeing it every day,” said Nicole Perrin.
Performing on stage is fun, students in the production said, and a unique chance to express themselves.
“Parents always tell you that you can be anything you want to be, and that concept to me is theater in a nutshell. Recreating yourself for an audience has to be my favorite thing about theater,” said Warfel.
“You really get a chance to express yourself, and be different,” added Alyssa Lane. “With each thing that you do, you get to add a little piece of yourself to it, and use your ideas and creativity.”
The performers said another special part of theater is just getting to know one another.
“The relationships that are built within the months of preparation for the show, you become a family and you’ll never forget being on stage with them,” said Carlie Taylor.
“My favorite thing about theater is not only making friends and memories, but to see how the show comes to life after all of the hard work put in pays off,” added Lillian North.
Students from Campbell’s first- and second-period classes will take turns performing the leading roles in the production.
The cast features Josh Casteen and Paul Sizemore as Jester, Carlie Taylor and Sarah Bennett as Robin D’Cradle, Riley Warfel and Lillian North as Harmonia, Nicole Perrin and Christi Hobson as Discordio, Toby Coppley and Garrett Wood as Out-of Tunio, Lorena Carbajal and Natalie Beattie as Royal Interpreter, Zane Johnson and Derek Jayson as King, April Mullins and Breanna McDowell as Unicorn, Chasten Coleman and Brady Miller as Town Crier.
Performers in the Royal Court include Alyssa Lane, Tessa Williamson, Grace Trivette, Kacie McCann, Layklin Knight, April Mullins, Melissa Kiger, Katelyn Thomas, Nya Dupree, Breanna McDowell. Hall Performers include Anna Catherine Kilby, Annie Jones, Brittany Calloway, Callie Dinkins, Hannah Pearson, Hunter Kepley, Jacob Kepley, Keelin MacArthur, Leah Thomas, Lillian North, Madisun Shore, Matthew Lowe, Rachel Kent and Sarah Bennett.
Serving as the show’s Technical Crew are Abigail Lydick, Annie Jones, Ashley Hendrix, Blanca Medina, Brittany Calloway, Callie Dinkins, Cassidy Shull, Cierra Garrett, Delia Baxter, Elijah Golden, Emileigh Gordon, Evan Thompson, Hannah Pearson, Kaitlin Post, Michael Popp, Rachel Kent, Sarah Bennett, Tatyana Hampton, Tiffany Kirkpatrick, Yamel Cortez Zamora and Zulima Gomez.
Forbush High School Show Choir students include Monseratt Andrade, Alex Boyles, Madisynn Church, Josh Clark, Brittani Cohn, Chasten Coleman, Hannah Davis, Heather Hatcher, Tori Hicks, Ben Huffman, Derek Jayson, Annie Jones, Hunter Kepley, Jacob Kepley, Anna Kathryn Kilby, Matthew Lowe, Addy Marshall, Jacob Matthews, Sydney Matthews, Keelin McArthur, Brady Miller, Hannah Shore, Madisun Shore, Cody Styers, Carlie Taylor, Leah Thomas, Lindsey Whitaker, Preston Wicker, Chloe Winebarger, Blake Winebarger, Macey York and Jacob Young.
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