PUNXSUTAWNEY — As the school year begins to wind down, the PAHS Drama Club is hard at work as it prepares to perform its last play of the school year.
The title of the play is "The High Schooler's Guide to the Galaxy," and it is written by Brian Starchman. The play is a comedy about four 7th graders who are about to embark on the journey of beginning high school.
The night before school is set to begin, they are visited by a couple of guides who show them how to go about surviving at the high school level.
With the help of the guides, the 7th graders learn how to deal with class schedules, bullies, school dances, dating, teachers, cafeteria food and are even given a how-to-survive-gym-class lesson. The results, it turns out, are hilariously embarrassing and awkward.
The story is meant to be a survival guide for all those about to embark on the journey through high school, but the show will prove entertaining for all ages.
This is the fourth year for not only the Dramatics Club at PAHS, but also for this particular play.
Over 40 students are involved in this year's production, which features a cast made up of grades 8 through 12.
"It's really nice to be involved in the arts, which tends to be overlooked," said Shellie Miller, PAHS Drama Club co-advisor.
Miller is directing the play alongside Lisa Good.
Throughout the production, some students will be taking on the task of performing more than one role.
For the seniors, performing will be with a tinge of sadness, as it will be the last play they get to perform.
"I've been in all the other plays, and as a senior, this is my last one, and it makes me sad" said Sarah London, a PAHS senior.
London is playing two different roles, with one being the role of Mrs. Good, the gym teacher.
Senior Audrianna DeLacour is taking on four different roles as Noelle, Sarah, Larry and the bus driver.
"I'm really excited to see how it turns out," said DeLacour.
Senior Alex Anderson has only been in Drama Club for two years, but he said that hasn't stopped him from developing a love for it.
He will be playing Principal London, as well as a character named Mark.
"It's been really great this year and a lot of fun," said Anderson, adding, "I've learned a lot during the two years that I have been in it."
The play will feature 12 scenes with a 15-minute intermission between scenes six & seven. During Intermission refreshments will be available in the lobby.
Performing in the play are: Laura Chelgren, Jen Setree, Haley Hartman, Nick Kennis, Alexandra Long, DeLacour, Caroline Dunkel, Elissa Hill, Kim Belisky, Emily Schall, Alexis Martin, Ala Small, Hannah Rummel, Angellica Sterling, Ashley Walls, Katelynn Sallack, Caitlyn Schuller, Lauren Wolfe, Tionna McMahon, Megan Strawcutter, Paige Weber, Rachel Barnett, Laura Keller, Alex Anderson, Colton Brooks, Drew Cooper, Kameron Rummel, Alex Farmery, Braden Neal, Katie Weaver, Sammantha Juart, Eric Ritchery, Cassie Aul.
Set Designers for the play are: Paul Brauer, Jeannie Pifer and Sydni Bowers. Members of the stage crew are: Lauren McGee, Claire Minick, Aly Hein, Sarah Kinney, Chelsie Little and Kirstin Williams.
The play will be held at 7 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night at the PAHS Auditorium. Tickets are available at the door and are $3 for general admission and $5 for reserved.
The Drama Club would like to thank the following people for their dedication and support: the parents of the cast and crew; Lori Miller (costume designer); Heather Good; Jacob Good; Patti Fallara; Mike Fallara; David London; Jessica Suntheimer; Andrew Tygert; Kayla Bell; Jason Wos; Keith Hughes; Deborah Sherry; Karen Dubensky; Deb Kaza and PAHS faculty and staff.