Bringing a comedy to life
United South Central director puts on last spring play for school
After nearly 30 years, the classic farce “Charley’s Aunt” will return to the United South Central school stage this weekend.
Under the direction of Clay Miller, students will perform the play at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Miller said this was one of his first shows when he started directing the fall musicals and spring productions 33 years ago at the school.
“I have always wanted at some time to repeat this show,” he said. “This year, we have the perfect cast to do this production.”
The plot of the show concerns two college boys who fall in love with two young women. They invite the ladies to lunch to meet Charley’s aunt, a wealthy lady from Brazil. Unfortunately, his aunt is delayed, and the two young women cannot stay without a chaperone.
The two boys force a fellow Oxford undergraduate to play Charley’s aunt — black satin skirt, lace, wig and all.
Complications arise when the real aunt shows up from Brazil, but the impostor already has two proposals of marriage from two older gentlemen. The real aunt assumes another identity, and the comic confusion escalates even higher.
“In its many stage revivals, ‘Charley’s Aunt’ never failed to reach a wide and eager audience with its comedic, hilarious situations,” Miller said. “I’m sure you will agree when you see it.”
The students started rehearsals in February and have generally practiced three weeknights and on Saturdays each week since.
“These students do a fantastic, remarkable job,” Miller said, noting that many are involved in other activities on top of the play.
Miller said this will be his last spring production.
“It’s been a great run,” he said. “I am extremely thankful to have worked with hundreds of students, all which have touched my life in many positive ways. I cherish the memories, and I will miss working on future spring productions.”
He will still direct the fall musical.
What: “Charley’s Aunt”
When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: United South Central school
‘Charley’s Aunt’ cast and crew
Jack Chesney: Brett Pederson
Ms. Brassett: Lilly Gonsalez
Charley Wykeham: Freeborn Milks
Lord Fancourt Babberly: Brady Berg
Sir Francis Chesney: Isaac Skains
Kitty Verdun: Kate Koestler
Amy Spettigue: Samantha Chaffee
Stephen Spettique: Bobby Eckwright
Donna Lucia D’ Alvadorez: Mandi Neal
Ela Delahay: Joy Krosschell
Student directors: Faith Kauffmann and Trinity Seedorf
Stage manager: Sapphire Navarro
Sound board: Maddie Hart
Light board: Cam Nasinec
Crew: Trinity Seedorf, Faith Kauffmann, Sapphire Navarro, Halle Schrader, Amber Hassing, Madison Klingbeil, Merideth Klingbeil, Danielle Torkkola and Cam Nasinec
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