Freshman Plays To Be Presented At Wheeling Park High School

From the Wheeling Park High School freshmen play “Prom Perfection” are, from left, Stephanie Ebbarb, Kayleigh Via and Cyric Fox.

WHEELING — Wheeling Park High School’s Introduction to Speech and Theater classes will present two one-act plays at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Phyllis A. Beneke Theater.

The plays, “Goldilocks on Trial” by Ed Monk and “Prom Perfection” by Jane Steiner, will provide an evening of fun entertainment for audiences of all ages.

In “Goldilocks on Trial,” the title character is on trial for breaking and entering. Will she be found guilty and sent to prison, or will the truth come out? After hearing testimony from Goldee, the bickering Three Bears, and surprise witness Merwin the Big Bad Wolf, among others, it’s up to Judge Wallabee and some very silly jurors to decide. Bringing Goldilocks’ tale to life is a cast of 13 students.

“Prom Perfection” is a series of 13 vignettes — from a date arrangement via legal contract to a prom king and queen showdown, to that magical ow-that-hurts-when-you-step-on-me last dance. The cast of 18 students, each portraying multiple rolls, proves that sometimes a perfect prom isn’t what you thought it would be.

Mrs. Isabella Droginske directs the plays and also teaches the Introduction to Speech and Theater classes. A tradition in the Fine and Performing Arts Department, the “freshmen plays,” as they are known, allow incoming freshmen the opportunity to develop their acting skills. Freshmen plays are presented once each semester.

For the freshman plays, tickets may be purchased for $5 on the afternoon of the performance.

The next performance for the theater department, “Crazy for You,” is scheduled for May 3-5 in the J.B. Chambers Performing Arts Center. Tickets will go on sale in early April.

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