They're working hard every afternoon after school at the East Lee County High School on Thomas Sherwin Ave., and the drama department teacher Laurence DeWeever says his group will present The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf on May 6, 7, and 8 at 7 p.m. at the school auditorium and an afternoon matinee on the 8th.
"They're going to do a great job, too," he said. "These students are talented."
DeWeever, a drama coach and leadership instructor has been with the school since it opened for classes on Homestead Rd. in the renovated and refurbished Kmart building. Now the nearly brand new school is populated with more than 900 students and is near Milwaukee Blvd.
He said the play tickets are $5 and the whole family will enjoy seeing their comical figures come alive on stage. You can call 239-369-2932 for tickets.
"The kids will love it and so will their parents and grandparents. We would really like to get those interested in drama in the community to come and see the show," he said. "It will be worth it."
In all, DeWeever said there is a cast of "22 kids" in the play and they are juniors and seniors as well as freshmen in the school.
The following are the names of the drama students at East Lee County High School who will take part in this week's production of the Trial of the Big Bad Wolf! It runs in the school auditorium on May 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. A matinee will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 8. Tickets are $5 each.
The players are:
Katherine Pinedo plays a reporter.
Tyornna Kitson plays a newscaster.
Shayla Cintron plays the town crier.
Jessica Hornik plans the clerk.
Monisha Holmes plays Barbara Sue Pig.
Leon Gardner plays Wally Wolf.
Helen Ramirez plays Little Miss Muffet.
Kevin Aguirre plays Old King Cole.
Ronald Paramo plays Jack/Jill.
Kamaye Marsh plays Mistress Mary.
Julie Nicholson plays Little Bo Peep.
Laura Mendoza plays Mrs. Sprat.
Alexander Burgos plays Tom, Tom, the Piper's son.
Johnathan Garcia plays Humpty-Dumpty.
Anais Velazquez plays Cinderella.
Channing Lewis plays the Wise ole Al.
Chenel Jones plays the "girl."
Kayla Clevenger plays Red Riding Hood.
Joel Tallez plays Jack Sprat.
Understudies include, Cheree Murphy, Daritza Hernandez and Harry Ramrattan.
There will be a matinee on May 8, a Saturday and a great opportunity for children in the area to come and see the play, he said.
The auditorium at the school has plenty of comfortable seating and there is a huge stage. The acoustics couldn't be better at a Broadway show," DeWeever said.
School lets out at 1:45 p.m. and all the other students are heading for their buses or their parents' cars. These 22 students are racing for the auditorium.
DeWeever knows much about drama, having acted himself in school plays and taking it up in college.
"We've got 22 speaking parts, representing a lot of comical characters that kids and their parents will recognize immediately," he laughed.
The play is filled with fairy tale characters we all know and love. Is the Wolf villain or victim? The Three Pigs, innocent or at fault? The storyline is based on putting the Wolf on trial. The jury will be made up of characters such as Little Miss Muffet, Little Bo Peep, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Humpty-dumpty and more.
As for the costumes, they are researched by the students and sociology teacher Marcy Ciccarone uses the sewing machine to make them.
Others help out too, including parents and friends. One parent, Kimberly Holmes does publicity and has prepared fliers and has distributed them throughout Lehigh. The color rendering is of The Big Bad Wolf.
DeWeever said they are paying royalties for the pay of about $240. It is by Joseph Robinette.
"It's our first children's production and I think it will be one of the best ones we have done. We have done some of the classics in the past. DeWeever hopes to have his students put on two plays a year.
"We did Antigone, written in 431 BC and we did Meda, written in 530 BC, but we modernized the last one," DeWeever said.
While his drama students are practicing and filling the stage with energy each afternoon, several in the community are providing food and pizzas for free and half price for the student actors.
DeWeever's love for drama, he says, goes all the way back to when he was president of his drama club in high school.
And he foresees the possibility of some of his students going on further as they enter college and later go out into the world.
"It's a creative outlet for them. I'm proud of my drama students," he said. "They work hard at rehearsals."