OAKHURST — Get ready for Shake It Up Shakespeare, the newest production out of the Yosemite High School Theater Arts Department, designed for your entertainment and playing two nights only at a theater near you.
Tickets are $3 for all ages, and the show starts at 7 p.m., for Shake It Up Shakespeare, as it opens on Thursday, Jan. 25 and runs again on Friday, Jan. 26 the Yosemite High School Theater.
The production offers a comic look at a school whose funding has been so severely cut that drama, English and even lunch have been eliminated or reduced. The school is not even supplying toilet paper.
Into this mix, drama teacher Mrs. Smith is given 20 minutes to prepare a group of apathetic students to perform a version of Romeo and Juliet at a school assembly. Comedy ensues as they try to save their grades, put on a show and escape this predicament with minimum embarrassment.
“I didn’t really choose the play to be timely, but I guess in light of our budgetary struggles it is,” says YHS Theater Arts teacher Lars Thorson. “It’s a cute, silly play that shows how students change from not caring, to trying to do their best.”
The cast of 17 come from the school’s Theater Arts 2 class and includes sophomores, juniors and seniors.
“It’s fun to play the teacher and be the authority figure,” says senior Hannah Harper, who plays the overwhelmed drama teacher. ” I love it when I say something and the other students actually do it.”
The cast of Shake It Up Shakespeare at Yosemite High School includes, bottom row from left: Hannah Harper, Shyanne Marin, Kim Sciaqua, Hannah Caywood, Keiana Cramblett, Maddy Washburn, Jessica Wade, Maile Peterson, Chase Brown. top row Vicky Rosales Valdez, Lilly Stegge, Carlos Campos, Tyler Hellwig, Madison Gipson, Brian Hampton, Daylen Daychuck.
In the spring the theater arts department will be presenting the poignant musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which tells the story of middle school kids vying to be the best spellers in their area and earn a trip to Washington DC. More information on that show will be coming soon.
For further information, please call (559) 683-4667, ext 256.