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Curtain Going Up For Archbold High School Actors




Members of the cast of this year's AHS play are, front row, seated, from left: Haley Behnfeldt, Jacob Gobrogge, Shannon Storrer, Jarrett Yoder. Second row: John Hartman, Garrett Leininger, Jessanna Buschur, Jamie Seel, Bethany Jelen, Mylee McQuillin, Eliot Nofziger, Kevin Baez, Jonathon Manahan, Michael Volkman, Belana Antar, Bailey Mayer. The play opens Friday night in the AHS auditorium.-  courtesy photo

Members of the cast of this year’s AHS play are, front row, seated, from left: Haley Behnfeldt, Jacob Gobrogge, Shannon Storrer, Jarrett Yoder. Second row: John Hartman, Garrett Leininger, Jessanna Buschur, Jamie Seel, Bethany Jelen, Mylee McQuillin, Eliot Nofziger, Kevin Baez, Jonathon Manahan, Michael Volkman, Belana Antar, Bailey Mayer. The play opens Friday night in the AHS auditorium.- courtesy photo

Archbold High School’s fall play, Curtain Going Up, is a play about a play, said Belana Antar, an AHS senior and actress in the performance.

It’s about high school students, their teacher-director, and others as a high school play is prepared for the public.

Jessanna Buschur, another senior, said it’s about “a teacher dealing with the crazy happenings of what goes on” in the rehearsal and production.

“Everything that could go wrong, goes wrong,” Buschur said.

It’s something that the veteran AHS actors can relate to.

“Whenever you put a group of dramatic people together, you put a lot of personalities together. The end result is- drama,” Buschur said.

“There are definitely conflicts with people. We draw from that conflict offstage, to take onstage,” Antar said.

One of the boys points to the guy next to him and says the two of them actually hate each other, so they’re able to draw on that emotion.

But then the other adds, “We joke around a lot.”

Romance, Sports

The play features several elements. Buschur said there’s some romance.

“To appeal to the ladies,” said Jacob Gobrogge, a senior.

“And some men,” Haley Behnfeldt, a sophomore actress, said.

There’s also action.

“Not violence,” Antar said.

Well, Jarrett Yoder’s character, Jocko Guthrie, gets shot. But he’s forgotten the gun was loaded with a blank cartridge, Behnfeldt said.

There’s also some sports reference, Antar said.

Antar said what some of the seniors have enjoyed is watching freshmen and other new-toacting students.

She said one boy in particular was so scared when he first started rehearsals. As rehearsals continued, he’s grown, as an actor and a person.

At one point, she said she “got in his face” to try to get him mad, so he could use the emotion in his acting. But all he did was apologize for whatever he had done wrong.

Director

Directing this year’s play is Garrett Leininger, a senior and veteran of the AHS stage.

Directing is definitely different, he said.

As the director, he said he has to think about “how the actors will feel when I say certain things.”

He said he has to know what to say to help the actors understand what he wants, in terms of staging, vocal inflection, etc.

“It’s got to be right,” he said.

Rehearsals started in September. Leininger said one of the big problems was that so many of his actors were involved in sports, he had a diffi- cult time filling in roles so they could rehearse.

But, as the opening curtain approaches, Friday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 pm, everything is coming together, he said.

“You don’t think it will (come together), but it always does,” he said.

All the student-actors said Curtain Going Up is a fun show.

“People are going to get a kick out of it,” said Bethany Jelen, a senior actress in the show.

Curtain Going Up will also be presented at 2:30 pm, Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9 at the AHS auditorium.- David Pugh

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