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NCMS set to perform 'Short Cuts'

Thursday, May 26, 2011

North Clay Middle School student Gabby Christie (left) and her "dummy" Taylor Moore argue over who the dummy really is during the dress rehearsal for "Short Cuts", a series of comedic skits. Students will perform for the community today at 7 p.m. [Order this photo]
North Clay Middle School (NCMS) Drama Club invites community members to the free comedic show, "Short Cuts," Friday at 7 p.m.

Audience members can watch as ventriloquists and their "dummies" fight over who runs the show, best friend canine companions tackle emotional drama while at "Doggie Daycare" and a significant other is driven off after meeting his girlfriend's "crazy" family.

"We've looked forward to this since the beginning of the year when they told us we'd have a drama club," eighth-grader Jessica Bullock said.

The performance is a series of humorous skits written by Hugh Smith, Ryan Hancock and Susan Stepp.

Bullock plays an uncouth man, Mr. Johnson.

"He's a laid back hick who wears overalls and carries a straw in his mouth. He's rude, loud and wants to make sure he's the man of the house," Bullock said. "(To get into character) I take away experiences from having brothers and watching my father. I also get to express myself and not pay any consequences because we're acting."

Eighth-grader Kayle Coltharp, who dreams of studying drama at Julliard, plays Pattington, the dog during "Doggie Daycare" and Anna during "Pork Chop Night."

"He's a really slow, dumb Bassett Hound, whose best friend is Misty, the Chihuahua. She gets really upset because she thinks her owners are getting another dog, and I help calm her down," Coltharp explained, while talking about "Doggy Daycare."

"During 'Pork Chop Night,' it's great. I get to scream at my dummy and get angry and frustrated,'" Bullock said.

In this skit, Anna (Coltharp) wants to break up with her boyfriend Ben (Thomas Champion), but she doesn't want to hurt his feelings. So she persuades her family to pretend to act crazy to drive him away.

The play directors, Whitney Kos and Sherry Lewis, said students have worked hard throughout preparing for the production.

"They've blossomed a lot. Students started out shy and backward, but they've really come out of their shells," Assistant Director Lewis said.

"We are not using microphones for this play. We've played a lot of theater games to help students learn to use their voice and project it so it can be heard from anywhere," Kos added.

Students have worked since April to put the show together.

"The biggest things they've improved on are focusing and staying on task. Now most of them get here and get on task without me giving any directions," Kos said.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin on the NCMS Commons stage.

This event is free, but donations to the NCMS Drama Club would be accepted.

"The greatest part about being a part of this is the humor and we got to know things about the teachers we didn't know before," Coltharp said.

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-- Posted by spotdean on Thu, May 26, 2011, at 10:30 PM

Doggie Daycare was awesome! Those two girls were by far the best skit all night.

-- Posted by realitycheck! on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 11:47 PM

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