The Greenville Senior High School Theatre Company will perform its first production of the school year this weekend at St. Clair Memorial Hall.
The troupe will perform Blithe Spirit, a comic play, in which a medium holds a séance for a writer suffering from writers block, but accidentally summons the spirit of his deceased first wife which leads to a love triangle with his current wife of five years.
Director and advisor Steve Buckingham said the club has a lot of creative freedom over which productions are chosen for each school year.
“Usually we meet over the summer with the club officers on a few different occasions,” he said. “We’ll throw out some ideas and and narrow them down. I’ll tell them to get together when they can and look into them. I give final approval and kind of give the executive approval if I veto a production.”
The cast and club are made up of a majority of seniors on stage and several backstage.
Buckingham said the seniors, both club officers and not, have worked hard to put together the show.
“We have an all senior group of club officers and they’ve been just an incredible group to work with,” he said.
Club seniors include treasurer Maxwell Jordan as Charles, vice president Chloe Good as Ruth, president Winifred Stiefel as Madame Arcati, Kie Labig as Elvira, Andrew Adkins as Dr. Bradman, Emma Tutweiler as Mrs. Bradman, secretary Sierra Crist and reporter Emmie Myers.
Jordan, whose parents met while in theatre, said joining the club has been a rewarding experience.
“Neither of my parents have really been into acting, it’s more of the backstage stuff,” he said. “It’s been really interesting to come into my own in a field that they both enjoy, but with something that’s unique to me. It’s been a really beneficial experience for me. I’ve made new friends, get to work on my public speaking skills and be more confident with who I am.”
Jordan added that any GHS students considering theatre should go ahead and make the leap.
“Just do it,” he said. “It’s not that big of a time commitment, relatively speaking compared to other sports. You can come in pretty fresh and be on a level playing field with everyone else. There’s really a part for everyone, and if there isn’t one, we will make one for you.”
The theatre club will perform the production Friday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 presale and $7 at the door. To purchase tickets go to www.onthestage.tickets/show/greenville-high-school-theatre-club/blithe-spirit-5186/.