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JDHS presents its spring play 'The Imaginary Invalid'

Posted: May 7, 2014 - 11:02pm
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From left, Liam Porter-Bell, Kyle Short, Megan Wright and Marina McDowell rehearse for the Juneau-Douglas High School production of "The Imaginary Invalid."   Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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From left, Liam Porter-Bell, Kyle Short, Megan Wright and Marina McDowell rehearse for the Juneau-Douglas High School production of "The Imaginary Invalid."

The Juneau-Douglas High School Theatre Department, under the direction of Michaela Moore, will present its spring play, “The Imaginary Invalid,” this weekend only at the at the JDHS Auditorium.   

Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 at JAHC.org or Hearthside Books or $15 at the door.

“The Imaginary Invalid” is a three-act comedy written by the iconic French playwright Molière in the 17th century. It tells the story of a chronic hypochondriac who will go to any length to marry his daughter to a doctor to lessen his growing pile of medical bills. Of course, his daughter has other ideas.

The idea to produce Molière’s play came after JDHS students saw the production at the Fringe Festival in Scotland this past August, while they were participating in the American High School Theatre Festival. The version they saw, and wanted to produce, was adapted from the original by Oded Gross and Tracy Young with music by Paul James Prendergast and is set in the 1960s.

Though this version is not a musical, it includes a handful songs. JDHS actors Robert Newman and Lydia Smith will perform a satirical love song, Marina McDowell will perform a rock ‘n’ roll number, Quinn White will perform a song that gets its words from an unsuspecting audience member, and Megan Wright will perform a ballad.

In addition to the actors listed above, the cast includes Kyle Short, Brita Fagerstrom, Jared Vance, Demaris Oxman, Liam Porter-Bell, Abigail Hoy, Chris Talley, Malcom Lumba, Lily Deitz and Melissa Paradis.  The stage manager is Elle Campbell and “crew extraordinaire” is Matthew Woodland.

The set for the production was built and painted by the cast, who also created the paintings that appear as props in the play. Costumes were designed and created by Shelly Wright.

For more information, visit www.jdhsdrama.com.

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