WELLSBURG Producing two full-length plays in just two weeks may seem impossible for some, but not for the motivated students of Brooke High School.
Nathan Marshall, the school's theater instructor, challenged his theater performance class to present a pair of comedic/dramatic plays in two weeks.
The result: "Anatomy of Gray" will be presented at 7 p.m. today (concluding its run from Thursday) and "Wild Dust" will be presented at 7 p.m. April 10, 11 and 12.
ANATOMY OF GRAY — The cast of Brooke High School’s “Anatomy of Gray,” a fable for adults, includes, from left, Grant VanCamp, Alexa Gerrard, Alex Burdick, Hayleigh Sutak, Kristian Slavik, Caleb Isinghood, Ashley Van Camp, Anthony Hood and Leah Roman. - Contributed
WILD DUST — Playing cowboys, saloon girls and others in Brooke High School’s production of the western comedy, “Wild Dust,” are from left, Max Hardt, Amanda Milantoni, Megan O’Donnell, Kaitlin Glasure, Caitlin Cuomo, Hunter Helms, Hannah Armstrong and Caroline Drake. - Contributed
Tickets for both performances will be sold at the door and are $7 for adults and teens and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets to both plays also can be purchased at the same time for $10.
Written by Jim Leonard, "Anatomy of Gray" has been described as a children's story for adults. It's about a young girl who, following her father's death, prays for a doctor who will prevent anyone from dying again.
A mysterious man arrives claiming to be a doctor as the town experiences a strange plaque.
Sophomore Kristian Slavik, the play's student director, said, "The cast, although energetic, can buckle down and work hard to put out a dynamic performance."
Written by Flip Kobler, "Wild Dust" is set in the time of the cowboys, parlor dancers and dusty saloons. It's also a tale of feminism meeting machismo.
After a dust storm carries away the local cowboys, the women of the town must band together.
Senior Caleb Isinghood, the play's student director, said, "'Wild Dust' is a captivating play that will send you to the edge of your seats with thrills and hysterical laughter."
Marshall said, "I am very proud of my students for coming together to pull-off such a monumental task. The magic of a two-hour long show doesn't happen over night, and it will be great to see all of the student's hard work finally have the opportunity to shine for their friends, family and community."