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Annie Oakley Wins the Trophy

By juniors Emily Crismore and Hannah Steinmetz 

Edgewood students performed their production and wowed the crowd with Annie Get Your Gun for 3 days, April 20th to the 22nd.

Annie Get Your Gun was based on the story of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter in the 1800’s. Throughout the whole musical, Annie and Frank, a rival championship sharpshooter that Annie beats in a competition, constantly fight about who’s better than who. Annie faced Frank in two shootouts, both of which she won. During the 1800’s, it was unheard of a woman doing something better than a man.

The musical happens to be very relevant to today and the way people interact with others. “The battle between men and women and the whole competition continues today between lots of people,” Stage Director Mrs. Carter said.

The cast spent countless hours during the weeks before the production practicing as well as doing many of their daily things: sports, school work and socializing. It was difficult for everyone to practice their lines together, in fact, the first day they all were able to practice lines together was the night of the first performance.

“(It was a great deal of) blood, sweat and tears; (it was) a lot of work on our part and the students,” Carter said.

I had the chance to observe the students backstage as they were getting ready for their second performance. The overall atmosphere was very relaxed, and I often found myself laughing along with the cast. Though it was rushed as the time came closer for them to perform, they all kept their cool and had fun in the wings and dressing rooms.

I also had the opportunity to eat with the cast after the performance. It took more than five tables to sit all of the cast together. They shared laughs, making fun of small mishaps, ate, and even sang together. Then, the next day, they got up and went to school, practiced for sports, rehearsed and did it all over again.

Throwing the Shakespeare Right Through your Funny Bone

By Logan Guzik, junior

In the mid-November fall play, Edgewood’s Masqued Crafters compressed Shakespeare and all the plays he’s written into one irreverent, wacky masterpiece.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)”, originally created by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield, was performed on Nov. 10-12 in the Edgewood High School Auditorium. The directors/producers of the play were Mr. and Mrs. Carter. The Carters have planned and participated in the creations of many theatrical productions in the past and are working hard to plan the next line of performances for the 2016-17 school year.

Their latest play “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)” was a comedy act starring the following Edgewood High School student actors: Haley Martin, Josh Harless, Noah Oliver, Roderick O’Connor, Wes Houser, Logan Clark, Mitchell Hupp, Alexis Arthur, Shanelle Hutchison, Allie Frye, Madison Temple, and Claudia Koontz.

Instead of using character names like traditional plays do, all the student actors that starred used their real names. They also kept the audience awake, participating, laughing and munching on their favorite snacks. It was a constant flow of entertainment throughout the entirety of the play.

“We had people coming up to us after the play saying they ‘laughed so hard they cried,’” Mrs. Carter said.

Junior Haley Martin who played a witch in Macbeth, the narrator in Romeo and Juliet, and the puppeteer in Hamlet, aims to attend college for acting and music performance. Martin finds acting to be “a fun escape from reality.” For those who wish to pursue acting, Martin advises to not wait until it’s too late.

“Just go for it,” Martin said.

Martin recommends attending the musical in the spring and for those interested in acting to audition.

“You might think you look stupid on stage, but everyone else thinks it’s the greatest thing ever,” Martin said.


Feature image by Bailey Brooks, junior