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Antrobus family survives a thousand calamities

Miss Fairweather flirts with George Antrobus in a rehearsal scene from "The Skin Of Our Teeth."1 / 2
The Antrobus family, as shown in a rehearsal scene from "The Skin Of Our Teeth" at Dickinson High School.2 / 2

The Antrobus family has survived fires, floods, the Ice Age, the Black Plague, a dozen wars and seven-year pestilences for the last 5,000 years.

Yet, they look to the future with optimism in a comedy titled "The Skin of Our Teeth" by Thornton Wilder.

The comedy centers on the life of George Antrobus (Antrobus is Greek for mankind), his wife and two children, and their utility maid, Lily Sabina Fairweather, all of Excelsior, N.J.

"They have survived a thousand calamities by the skin of their teeth," Director Michael Stevenson said. "This play is a tribute to their (our) indestructibility."

George Antrobus was described as a John Doe, the average American at grips with destiny, sometimes sour and sometimes sweet.

"They run many a gamut, are as durable as radiators, and look upon the future with a disarming optimism," Stevenson added.

Students taking part in this production include Sarah Ramsey, Eden Jackson, Luke Ensign, Elizabeth Pavlicek and Chris Prchal, as the Antrobus family and their maid.

Ramsey said her character -- the family maid -- does chores like she's told to, but on the side, she's trying to pull Antrobus away from his marriage with Mrs. Antrobus.

"There's conflicts and disasters going on all around us," she said.

Ensign describes Antrobus as the father figure for the family and somewhat representative of mankind.

"There's tons of disasters but the family is always optimistic and we always pull through," he said. "This play was completely new to me, but I really like it -- it's amazing."

Other student actors who portray a variety of characters from dinosaurs and wooly mammoths to back-stage help conned into being actors include Brooke Benz, Helena Montoya, Victoria Craig, Vivian Robbins, Robert Dorsa, Hope Jensen, Marena Mahto, Kathleen Bachman and McKenzie Kostelecky.

The production's assistant director is Brian Rhodes as assistant director.

The performances are 7 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the Dickinson High School Auditorium.

Admission prices are $8 for adults, $7 for high school students and senior citizens and $6 for junior high students and younger.