Highland High School Drama Club Returns To The Stage

The Highland High School Drama Club is returning to the stage, and to find out more, I spoke with:

“Melody Moats – I am the drama coach for Highland High School Drama Club, and we are back to our performance after being offstage for two years.”

“We’re extremely excited to present a play entitled “Never Trust a City Slicker,” or “Two Skunks in a Trunk,” written by Tim Kelly. This year, we’re back on stage with 13 cast members, and this play allows us to really flex our acting skills. We have characters that range from the heroic cowboy to the villainous landlady, and actors, acrobats, musicians, all sorts of talented people meet up at a boarding house, and let me just say, there’s lots of shenanigans that happen.”

“The play is going to be at Highland High School, in the cafeteria, on May 13th, at 7:00 pm.”

There were also several actors and actresses present at the interview. I asked the first actress – “Ava Summers” – about her character – “Annie Onenote. She can only sing one note.” She also gave her reasoning for being in Drama Club.

“Because I have nothing else to do.”

An interesting answer we revisited when we spoke with her sister, who is also in the production.

“Emma Summers – I play Miss Hookworm. She’s the villain of the story, she’s a really scary landlady.”

Emma shed a bit more light on Ava’s involvement.

“I’ve always enjoyed drama. I’ve always wanted to do plays – so that’s why I kind of dragged Ava along to do it.”

Next up:

“Meckenzie Lambert. My character’s name is Madame Macaroni. She’s a once well-known opera star.”

And does she sing in this production?

“Luckily, no.”

And her reason for being in the club:

“Well, I did plays a lot when I did DI for a while, and then we had drama club here, so I decided to do drama club.”

The next actor is:

“Holden Chambers. I play a cowboy named Chester. He’s basically the hero of the story, even though he’s got one stirrup in his saddle, so to speak – because he’s too poor to afford another.”

Next comes:

“I’m Karl Sax. I’m Julius Caesar Dimwiddie. He is an old actor that doesn’t really do plays anymore because he doesn’t have anywhere to put on plays.”

And another actress:

“Adelaide Baxter. So, my character’s name is Taffy Quackenbush – she’s kind of like a flamboyant, very outgoing, new actor for this era.”

She talked about why she chose the character, and her enjoyment of being in the play.

“Part of it, Ms. Moats wanted me to do it, and then I read over the lines for her, and they were good.”

“This is my third one, but the two other I’ve been in were kind of small, and my lines, I didn’t have many, so this is definitely like a step up – and it’s just fun!”

Our next thespian and his role:

“Preston Jaccard. I’m a brat, basically. His name is Sturgeon – he’s perfect for me.”

And he was brutally honest about his motivation.

“Parents, they kind of forced me to – but, I mean it’s ok.”

The next actor and character:

“Jack Herold. His name is Slicker Pinsetter, and if I could describe him, I would, but one of the things is, from the moment he gets onto the stage, he’s just kind of mysterious. You never really know what he’s there for, but you’ll find out, and that’s probably one of the most interesting parts of the play, in my opinion.”

And the last actor and character:

“Cash Chambers. He is a theatrical producer, who is superstitious down to his luck. He was born under the sign ‘Room for Rent’.”

He summed up what seemed to be the reason most of these actresses and actors are here –

“I really like doing plays.”



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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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