“This is a combination of plays and musicals,” said Poland Players drama director Candy Fonagy. “It’s not a flowing story line, but the kids are recognizing the various segments and that makes it fun.”
The play opens when a high school cast is abandoned its their director, leaving the kids to fend for themselves. As the story proceeds, the students go off in multiple directions as they frantically try to pull something together for opening night.
Fonagy said the play contains a variety of outtakes from musicals and other plays, including the works of Shakespeare. She said it brings together some of what they learn in English literature, putting into practice things they have been studying in other classes.
The play is a challenge for Fonagy and the Poland Players in the way scenes are switched so quickly. She said the show is riddled with individual little skits that make it a plethora of required talents.
One thing that has helped Fonagy pull it off is the good number of students who want to get involved in the Poland Players.
“We have ten football players who have their own practice and work to go to,” she said. “We have to excuse them and use stand-ins to read their part during rehearsal.”
It is a welcome sight, though. Fonagy said it is great to see athletes involved in drama.
The football players who are in this year’s production actually started with acting during last year when the play “Guys and Dolls” was performed.
“They wanted to come back this year, so we work around their athletic schedules,” Fonagy said.
The dedication of the Poland Players is pulling “Just Another High School Play” together, and the students will be ready when opening night comes. Tickets will be available at the door and Fonagy is hoping for large crowds.
"The show is full of comedy, gags and re-writes of plays from Shakespeare to Albee,” Fonagy said.
Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Poland seniors Jayne Catlos and Paul Alberty aren’t ready to give up when their director walked out in “Just Another High School Play”, which the Poland Players will present on Nov. 17, 18, and 19 in the high school auditorium.