THS Drama Club talks about new play
Marissa Arnold, THS Drama teacher, along with students Paydon Bradley and Maci England spoke to the Trumann Lions Clubs recently about the latest play they are performing.
Arnold, who is in her first year at Trumann, has 25 years of teaching experience. "I'm excited to be at Trumann High School. Rob Spencer and I are good friends, and he told me to apply for the opening. I'm lucky to be at the school," Arnold said.
The play the school is doing is "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow," and Arnold gave the club just a little bit of what the storyline was. "'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow' takes place in the late 1700s to mid 1800s in a village sharing the title name. Throughout the village are many tales of supernatural occurrences and hocus pocus. The behavior of the town takes an odd turn with the arrival of the new schoolmaster, Ichabod Crane, who immediately takes an interest in Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter of a wealthy farmer. Katrina has already been claimed by the most handsome man in town, Brom Bones. Bones is also the biggest bully in town. Ichabod manages to charm the fair Katrina as Bones summons a group of witches to call on the Headless Horseman to scare Crane away," Arnold said.
"Come join us this weekend for the play and find out what happens," Arnold added.
Maci England told the group that this will be her third play to be in and that she enjoys being in the Drama Club. "It's a great program to be a part of. We have so much fun with it," England said. "If you get a chance to come see a play or even be a part of the play please do." England plays Kristina, sister of Katrina, and is a bratty young lady who loves her sister but likes to cause trouble. "Kristina's not in the book or the movie so it's been fun to be her. It's going to be a great play," England said.
After having acted in so many plays that the club has put on, Bradley was offered the position of Student Director and Stage Manager. "I wanted and didn't want to take on this role," Bradley said. "I had been wanting to do this job for some time, but it was hard to give up acting. I'll tell you though, most people don't realize what all goes on in the production of a play. I've seen the good, the bad, the pretty, and the ugly." Bradley said it's taken everybody involved to have the play where it's at. "Everyone has worked so hard. A big thanks to the school and the community for the support that has been given to us. We couldn't do what we do without your support," Bradley said.
"The students with their acting skills make my job easy," Arnold said. "It's such an honor to be making memories with so many wonderful students."
There will be productions of the play at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the Trumann High School auditorium. Tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students.