Archive for Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Community theater takes stage next week

June 29, 2005

The Tonganoxie Community Theater once again is in action and preparing for its summer production, "The Good Doctor" by Neil Simon. The well-known sketch comedy will be showing at 7 p.m. July 8 and 9 in the Tonganoxie High School music room.

Originally the production was to be "Playing Doctor," but after auditions there was not much response in the production. Using marketing and advertising skills, the group chose a new production and hit the streets to generate more interest.

The comedy comprises 10 individual stories that a struggling writer narrates. Having such small scenes allows director Jodi Bowersox to work with the actors' varied schedules.

"There are a lot of things going on in the production, some scenes are funny and cute, and some are knee-slapping funny," Bowersox said.

Handling the technical and constructional aspects of the production are a group of students known as the SAWS or the Staging Applied Work Skills group. The group is composed of 10 students who are participating in a work study program funded by the Kansas Department of Commerce. SAWS not only is in charge of the set designs and constructing them, but they also are responsible for the advertising and promotion of the production.

Tonganoxie High School drama director Steve Harrell hopes with the success of the production to resurrect Tonganoxie's Community Theater. Bowersox also feels bringing back the Community Theater would be a positive thing.

"We would love to get more adults involved," Bowersox said.

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