The Dickinson High School Drama Department will present their second play of the 2018-19 school year, Thursday through Sunday, Feb. 21, 22, 23 and 24. The play will be "See How They Run," a farce in three acts by Philip King.
Set in England, just after World War II, "See How They Run" is basically a dramatic foot race. Galloping in and out of the four doors of an English vicarage are an American actor and actress (he is now stationed with the Air Force in England), a cockney maid who has seen too many American movies, and old maid who "touches alcohol for the first time in her life," four people in
clergyman's suits presenting the problem of which is which, for disguised as one is a Russian Spy, and another a sedate bishop aghast at all the goings on and the trumped-up stories that are told him.
"I picked this play to be my swan-song full length production at DHS," said Michael Stevenson, director, "Because it is one of the funniest plays I have ever seen. The cast was a little bewildered during the first read-through, but when we started blocking they could not stay in character, they were all laughing so much."
The play runs for four performances, with a basically freshman/sophomore cast Thursday and Saturday night, and a basically junior/senior cast Friday night, and Sunday afternoon.
When asked about the two casts, Stevenson said, "As usual, we had a large amount of students audition for a limited number of roles, it just happened to work out wonderfully, so that I could do a young cast and a more experienced cast, and not have to leave anybody out."
The young cast is made-up of: Kaitlyn Garcia, Ayden Waldron, gage Mills, Cassidy Hughs, Parker Case-Roy, Franky Wyatt, Kik Celestino, Sammantha Roth and Abigail Smith.
The advanced cast includes: Natalie Lopez, Madeline Seror, Kyler Smith, Madison Barndt, Dallen Schutzler, Heaven Pechtl, Matthew Berglund, Isaac Mills and Mia Cruz.
As Kyler Smith describes the play, "Everyone is dumb and no one has a cue what's going on... If you want to see a young man in his underwear, come and check it out."
Senior Natalie Lopez added, "You'll have fun, you'll laugh, you'll have a good time... and you'll see people knocked down by a Russian Spy."
Senior Heaven Pechtl has been in multiple DHS performances. The reason- "The backstage is such a blast. We have so many laughs back there."
Allisyn Lucas is the assistant to the director, and stag manager.
The price at the door will be $8 for adults, $7 for high school students and senior citizens, $6 for DHS students with ID, and $5 for eighth grade and below. All seats are general admission. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Feb 21, 22, 23, and 2 p.m. Feb. 24.
"See How They Run" is produced through special permission from Samuel French, Inc. 45 West 25th St., New York, NY 10010.