The Juneau Douglas High School Theater department will open their first play of the season Friday night with “The Curious Savage,” a three-act comedy by John Patrick. Shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, and the following weekend, Oct. 14 and 15, at the JDHS auditorium
Directed by Michaela Moore, the play tells the story of Mrs. Ethel Savage, a charitable widow worth more than $10 million. After the death of her husband, she realizes that she’s never been free and begins to pursue her career in acting — a life-long dream — while giving away money to help others make their dreams come true. Alarmed at this generosity, Mrs. Savage’s three greedy stepchildren commit her to a mental institution in the hopes of securing her money for themselves. At first the widow is very angry and hates the institution, but as she gets to know the quirky characters that live there, she realizes that maybe these “crazy” people are actually free.
Student actors include Cheyenne Siverly as Mrs. Savage, as well as Roxie Hildebrand, Angela Wright, Aria Moore, Ellen Dyar, Jessica Sullivan, Jayce Hyatt, Jessica Jones, Ellis Notmeyer, Zeb Bodine, Max Blust and Nathaniel Webber; and understudies Melissa Bowhay, Megan McAllister, Clair Dyar and Robert Vancleave.
JDHS Theater Manager Bo Anderson built the interior set with the help of students from the JDHS technical theater class. The backstage crew also includes JDHS students Harmony Wentz, Ariah Clark Marina McDowell.
Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and through JAHC.org.
For more information, visit the JDHS Theater website at www.jdhsdrama.com.