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Soldotna high schools perform plays this weekend

Posted: November 13, 2013 - 4:36pm
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Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula  The cast of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," practices Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013 for a combined one-act play festival with Skyview and Soldotna high school drama departments featuring "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and "10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse."
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula The cast of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," practices Tuesday Nov. 12, 2013 for a combined one-act play festival with Skyview and Soldotna high school drama departments featuring "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," and "10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse."

Drama students from Skyview and Soldotna high schools will perform this weekend for the general public at the SoHi auditorium.

The performances will include Skyview’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” and SoHi’s “Ten Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.”

The performances will each run a half-hour as a part of the One-Act Play Festival. The festival also is a way to help create good student communication with the upcoming reconfiguration.

Skyview’s director, Terri Zopf-Schoessler, who has taught English, drama and dance at the school for the past 24 years, said her class performs theater pieces each year. They also will perform for area elementary schools.

She said many of her students have been in the audience in past years.

“The best part is that the students I have who remember when the ‘big kids’ came to perform — and now they are the performers,” Zopf-Schoessler said.

She said it is unlikely that when the two high schools reconfigure next year that the tradition will continue.

“So these rehearsals are bittersweet for me,” she said.

Zopf-Schoessler said she chose the “Charlie Brown” script because she is a fan.

“I love the musical on which the script is based, but I do not have enough time to rehearse a full-scale musical,” she said. “The ‘Charlie Brown’ is a readers theater script I adapted into a one-act; it is memorized and performed with costumes and set pieces.”

Zopf-Schoessler said the performances, for both public and local school students, are positive ways students can learn about theatre.

“I hope they learn the skills of theatre —how to work together, more effectively project their voices, memorize their lines, etc., but most importantly, I hope they learn how much fun it is,” she said.

SoHi’s drama and English teacher Sara Erfurth is directing the comedy performance “Ten Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse.” This is Erfurth’s first year teaching at the school.

She said with the current surge of zombie culture, the theme of the one-act play seemed appropriate.

“We decided it would be a good time to do a parody,” Erfurth said.

Erfurth said the cast is made up of 18 students, ranging from freshmen to seniors. She said the one-act play was open to all students, even those not in her drama class.

Tickets for the show will be available at the door. The proceeds from the performance will be split between the two drama programs.

Sara J. Hardan can be reached at sara.hardan@peninsulaclarion.com.

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