Studio Theatre opens new season Oct. 27

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Students in Musical Theatre are busy at work preparing the first production of the year, a comedy that’s sure to please audiences of all ages.

“If A Man Answers” is a light-hearted romantic farce that pairs the spoiled, wealthy Chantal Stacey (Khloe Mull) with Gene (Kaden Hebard), a skirt-chasing New York photographer surrounded by a bevy of glamorous models.

Once Chantal sets her mind on marrying Gene, she is “guided” in this endeavor by her conservative father John (Hunter Paul) and her mother, the very French Germaine (Mariah Dillon), a former Folies Bergere showgirl.

When Chantal’s mother provides questionable insight as to how to snag and hold onto a husband, it provides an opening for Chantal’s man-obsessed friend Tina (Mazie Lyles), who has designs of her own on Gene.

Jolee Dean, Cassie Walton, Brooklyn Thompson, and Reagan Richardson offer comic turns as pin-up models. Bryan Johnson, Seth Lake, Keeley Davidson, Stephen Fleece, and Kristie Baker round out the class.

Senior Kielynn Tally, veteran of numerous school productions, serves as Theatre Assistant this year and is the director of this show. She anticipates a successful run and feels this cast will be very successful.

Tally remarks that her directing experience has provided a “new perspective on acting. I’m very fortunate to have a patient group of students to work with. This will be a must-see play that will be worth the watch.” Tally intends to continue her theatre study at the college level, where she will hone her craft in acting, directing and technical theatre.

The production is designed by instructor Bill Spencer-Pierce. Along with Tally, junior Nathan Smith will handle the technical roles.

“If A Man Answers” runs Friday and Saturday, Oct. 27-28, at 8 p.m. in the Salem High School presentation room. Admission at the door is $5 for adults; $3 for students and free for kindergarten and under.

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