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  • Camdenton High School to present "The Foreigner"

  • What happens when a so called "foreigner" is left at a lodge in Georgia in the 1980s with strangers who think that he does not speak English? According to Camdenton High School Senior Katey Thompson, "Hilarity will ensue." Thompson, who plays Ellard Simms, joins 14 other students on stage for "The Foreigner" Feb. 8 and 9.
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  • What happens when a so called "foreigner" is left at a lodge in Georgia in the 1980s with strangers who think that he does not speak English? According to Camdenton High School Senior Katey Thompson, "Hilarity will ensue." Thompson, who plays Ellard Simms, joins 14 other students on stage for "The Foreigner" Feb. 8 and 9.
    Audiences can expect a completely different show compared to last semester's production, "A Christmas Carol."
    "We decided to do something more comedic and lighthearted," Director Jo Beth Nicklas said.
    Nicklas said that the show is centered around a British fellow, Charlie, who needs to get away from his real life. A friend takes him to a lodge in Georgia where he doesn't want to speak to anyone since conversations make him nervous.
    "They pretend he doesn't speak English, that's where the fun starts," she said. Charlie ends up hearing too much and going up against the bad guys in the end.
    Even though this show is considerably a smaller production than last semester's musical, 15 students are performing on stage, 14 students are working behind the scenes in crews and 90-some students have contributed to the show through a Theater Arts class. "Without these classes, we would not have lighting, sound or scenery," Nicklas said.
    The smaller cast allows the students to bond and perfect their acting skills.
    "I really love small shows with a smaller cast because we can work on our characters," Thompson said.
    "We get to grow together as a family," Junior Alexis Lumley, who plays Catherine Simms, chimed in.
    "It has really improved our relationships in our characters on stage by being able to know each other and like each other also," Thompson added.
    Nicklas is able to work with the students on a more one-on-one level with a smaller cast and students feel this helps.
    "It improves us as actors as a whole and not just for this one show," Lumley said.
    Cast and crews have only had about a month to prepare for the show and hope that audiences connect to it as much as they have. Nicklas said that in some rehearsals, the cast has laughed so hard they have cried and hope the show has the same effect on the audience.
    "I hope that they just enjoy the humor and vivid characters that the students are portraying," Nicklas said.
    "I hope the audience members connect with the characters we portray," Lumley added.
    "There are some really tender moments in it, too. I hope it makes them laugh and also hope it makes them think," Thompson said.
    "Beneath the slapstick there usually isn't any depth, but there is in this play," Lumley said.
    The cast asks that audience members come with an open mind and ready to enjoy themselves.
    Page 2 of 2 - The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Camdenton High School on Feb. 8 and 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per adult and $3 per student. Tickets can be reserved by calling 216-8926 or purchased at the door.

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