Drama Department presenting “Good N’ Plenty” 11/19-22
St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department presenting
Good N’ Plenty
[PHOTO, ABOVE] Cast members of Good ‘N’ Plenty include (seated, L-R) Nathan Kuhr ’18 (Holy Spirit grade school and parish), Julia Mazurek (Dublin Jerome), Ada Cleary (CSG), Ben Negatu ’16 (All Saints Academy), Campbell Smith, and Molly Gallagher (Dublin Jerome). (standing, L-R) Rayquon Brown ’17 (St. Mary Magdalene grade school, Holy Rosary/St. John parish), Ellie Wade (CSG), Tim Clayton ’16 (St. Brendan grade school and parish), Natalie Belford (Grove City), Nick Martin ’16 (Wedgewood Middle School), Marcus Galeano ’16 (St. Brigid of Kildare grade school and parish), Joseph Roe ’18 (Oakstone Academy), Isaac Murrin ’17 (St. Matthew grade school and Church of the Resurrection parish) and Camron Alten-Dunkle ’17 (St. Pius X grade school and parish).
The St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department will present Jeffrey Hatcher’s comedy, Good ‘N’ Plenty, November 19, 20, and 21 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 22 at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Campus Theater, 2010 E, Broad St. Adult tickets are $10, students, $5. For reservations, call the school at 252-6714.
In the St. Charles Preparatory School production of Good ‘N’ Plenty, Wintersville High School’s hip new social studies instructor, Richard Miller, uses Good & Plenty candy as “contraband” in a “drug game” for his students in 1976-comedy ensues, as they say. Drug abuse among teens was no laughing matter back then and, of course, it’s still relevant today, but playwright Jeffrey Hatcher uses that scenario as a backdrop for making comedy about this country’s system of justice. Hatcher’s Good ‘N’ Plenty is a comedy in which a civics lesson goes bad as instructor Miller tries to teach his students about the system and they end up experiencing the real thing.
It’s an interesting point that Hatcher chose to set the play in 1976, the country’s bi-centennial year,” St. Charles Drama Director Doug Montgomery said. The play was written in 2000. “And, it’s also an interesting approach to understanding the constitution. The teacher, Miller, is intending to teach the constitution in a more provocative way, but it backfires,” says Montgomery.
Hatcher’s play is full of comic characters as he draws an evening of laughs from a social problem. However, he also manages to make a point about the constitution as a living document. Montgomery says the show’s energy comes from the characters and, he points out, his actors are up to the task.
“The students in the class and the teachers in the school are, to say the least, a bit wacky, but that’s where the comedy comes in.” For example, there’s a Bulgarian exchange student who learns English by studying American pop song lyrics and a young man who collects paper products as research. “It’s all very funny,” Montgomery said. “It will be an entertaining show and, if you look close enough, it has a message, but not one that will hit you over the head.”
Aside from the political and social messages, we are left with an entertaining cast representing students and faculty working together to educate, learn and to make a difference. “”Perhaps it can be all summed up by the last few lines of the play spoken by Miller who says, referring to the Constitution: ‘We write it and re-write it. We try to get it perfect.'”
Renowned Director Doug Montgomery and the St. Charles Preparatory School Drama Department are proud to announce a unique holiday double-bill: “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” and “Striking 12,” an exciting new holiday musical.These shows are being presented Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, November 20, 21, & 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the St. Charles Campus Theatre at 2010 E. Broad St.
Adult tickets are $10 each, and student tickets are $5 each. Reservations may be placed by calling the St. Charles main office at 614/252-6714 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is an American classic – one of the best Christmas stories ever – and certainly one of the funniest. In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on! This delightful comedy is adapted from the best-selling Young Adult book, and has become a holiday staple for theatres across the United States.
“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was written in 1972 by Barbara Robinson. In 1982, Ms. Robinson adapted the book into a play which then lead to a popular TV movie in 1986. The first professional production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” was given by the Seattle Children’s Theatre on November 26, 1982.
St. Charles presented the national high school premiere of “Striking 12″ in 2008. With book, music, and lyrics by Brendan Milburn, Rachel Sheinkin and Valerie Vigoda, “Striking 12″ is inspired, in part, by Hans Christian Andersen’s, “The Little Match Girl,” and tells the story of a grumpy, overworked New Yorker who resolves to spend New Year’s Eve alone in his apartment when an unexpected visitor brings some much-needed cheer. The evening springs to life through an eclectic score that combines pop, rock, jazz, show unes, and more. Originally written and performed by the pop trio GrooveLily, this new expanded version features a funky contemporary score that is sure to having you humming along.
Through simple, unpretentious theater created through the voices and instruments of the performers, “Striking 12″ reminds us that “the world looks like new… on the first day of the year.”
“Striking 12″ is a cross between a rock concert and a holiday show for people who don’t like holiday shows. If it doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, nothing will.
Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to All!