This Friday and Saturday evening will be the final two performances of the year at the Bonnie Kate Theater for the drama students at Elizabethton High School. It will also mark the last performances in a high school production for several seniors.
The students will be performing “Leading Ladies” at the old theater at 115 S. Sycamore St. The performances begin at 7:30 each night.
The play features JP Abner as Leo; Jarrett Cox as Jack, and Mattie Carr, as local girl Meg. It is set in the 1950s. Leo and Jack are two washed-up British actors making the rounds in the U.S., performing two-man Shakespearean shows. They wind up in York, Pennsylvania, and discover that a woman in the town is searching for her lost relatives, Max and Steve, because she wants to leave them her fortune.
Leo and Jack decide to pose as Max and Steve, only to find out they are nicknames for her nieces, Maxine and Stephanie. They decide to pose as Max and Steve anyway, but along the way, they meet friends and family of the women and get more than money — they find laughter and love.
Meg Foster, theater teacher at Elizabethton, said the play is an “I Love Lucy”-style comedy of mistaken identity. Foster said the play was selected because “I wanted a comedy and I wanted Shakespeare, but I also wanted some quality female roles. Shakespeare is quoted many times and the plot of ‘Twelfth Night’ is the base of the play, so it had everything I was looking for.”
Foster said another factor in choosing the play came last year, when one of her students, Tiffany Hill, who is a senior this year, approached her and asked “Can our last play be fun?” Foster said fun is “what this is. We’re not taking ourselves too seriously here. If we can get the audience a good laugh and a good time, we have provided a night of quality entertainment. It would be hard to find a better cast for this production. They have worked very hard and have had a wonderful time and I’m sure that will be reflected in their performance.”
Tickets will be sold at the door of the Bonnie Kate. The price is $5 for students and $7 general admission.