POINT PLEASANT — Break a leg.
Those in the theater world know that this statement is not one of misfortune, but in turn is actually a wish of good luck. The drama students of Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School (PPJSHS) have been hard at work, and hoping for many “broken legs,” while getting ready for their production of “The Ever After.”
“The Ever After” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on April 27 and 28 at the Wedge Auditorium at PPJSHS. The show’s director, and PPJSHS theater teacher, Beth Rollins stated there were approximately 30 students from grades 7-12 participating in the show, and they’ve been hard at work since the beginning of March.
This play follows the story of daytime TV host Monterey Jack Chesterfield Williamson, the third, and his journey to find out if time really does heal all wounds. Williamson’s interviewees include Cinderella and her ugly stepsisters, who have been estranged for 20 years, Snow White and the Evil Queen, who want to settle the battle of who really is “The fairest of them all,” and Jiminy Cricket, who is now an Occupational Therapist, and throwing in some added drama is the Queen’s trash-talking mirror, along with some comments from the studio audience. Following the style of shows like “The Jerry Springer Show,” audience members are sure to find out just how happy ever after really is.
“It’s come together really well,” Rollins said about the show. “I’m very proud of the kids.”
Theater, as an art form, is collaborative in nature; everyone has to work together, and Rollins stated that is precisely why it is important for the students. The students learn how to work well together and how to depend on each other, since just about anything can happen during a live performance. It also teaches the students responsibility, since they have to attend rehearsals and learn their lines on time.
“They’re building a camaraderie,” Rollins said.
Tickets for “The Ever After” are available at the door prior to the performances on Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets will be $5. Rollins added that the proceeds from ticket sales will go back into the theater program at PPJSHS.