Wilde Comedy Scares Up Laughs


Payson High School drama will perform "The Ghost of Canterville," Oscar Wilde's rollicking comedy about a wealthy American family that moves into an old English castle inhabited by a 400-year-old ghost, Feb. 17, 18 and 19.

"I'm especially impressed with Oscar Wilde's keen wit and sharp sense of humor," Siler said.

"The fact that we're able to update the story to present day demonstrates the universality and Oscar Wilde's grasp of the human condition. Besides -- it's fun."

During rehearsals Wednesday, the drama students' performances were charged with a sense of fun.

Theater technicians, who were perched high above the stage on ladders, worked to recreate the old Canterville castle under the watchful eye of technical director Kathy Siler and master carpenter Bryan Watson.

Rehearsals continued while technicians worked to create the set in the Payson High auditorium.

The five members of the Canterville family are played by Sarah Hock, Ryan Hilgendorf, Laura Perham, Jessi Patterson and Alana Brennen.

Sir Simon de Canterville, the unfortunate ghost bound to the castle by an incident that occurred before his death, is played by Nick Burdette.

Behind the scenes, Liz McDermott is the props master, Cassidy Hilleary is the costume director, Thomas Walling is the scenic artist and Bailey Brown is the makeup artist.

Amanda Rowland is the sound designer, Joey Robinson is the house manager, Trish Williams is the stage manager and Jenni Mullins is her assistant.

The drama department will perform the "Ghost of Canterville" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 and Saturday, Feb. 19 and at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18 in the high school auditorium.

Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for students and senior citizens and $1 for Renaissance students.

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