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'Cheaper By the Dozen' to be high school's fall play

Friday, October 13, 2006

Northview Drama Club has cast its fall production, "Cheaper by the Dozen." The cast of 20 characters and understudies as well as 25 crew members have been rehearsing since the first part of September as well as working crews such as costumes and props.

This stage version of "Cheaper by the Dozen," from the book by Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, is a "founded-on-fact" comedy set in the 1920s with a story that has meaning and importance.

Suppose you're an attractive high school girl and you're not only a member of a large and unique family but your father is, in fact, one of the great pioneers of industrial efficiency. Then suppose he decides, for no apparent reason, to apply his unorthodox methods to you and to the rest of your big family. The results are terribly embarrassing, funny and-- it must be admitted-- extremely effective! To the eldest daughter, Anne, however, the chief effect seems to be that of making them seem ridiculous to everyone else at school-- especially to the boys! Dad pushes ahead with better organization for his large and delightful family. He puts up a chart for the young people to initial after completing each household task, uses a rung as an imaginary bathtub to demonstrate how to take a really efficient bath and appoints a utilities officer to levy fines on wasters of electricity. While the situations are often uproarious, there's a serious reason. Dad has a heart condition which he's keeping secret. The children don't understand; Anne rebels. Both Dad and she are miserable at the lack of understanding between them.

The show will run Nov. 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the NHS Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $4.

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