Phs Drama Season Opens With Rollicking Romance

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The Payson High School Drama Department kicks off its 2005-2006 season with a rollicking romantic comedy -- "Maxwell, P.I."

The play, by Shirley McNichols, follows up-and-coming "gumshoe" Maggie Maxwell in her quest to become a full-fledged private investigator. Along the way, she is forced to deal with a host of zany characters and romantic entanglements.

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Makayla Cabello, Amanda Thompson and Shannon Horton (seated) appear in the Payson High School production of "Maxwell, P.I." The play, a romantic comedy, opens Thursday evening and runs through Saturday.

"The story is set in 1948, pretty much still in the period of male chauvinist pig-ism," John Siler, PHS drama assistant, said. "Maggie had gone to college and taken a degree in criminology and she wants to be a P.I., but her dad says, ‘No, it's too dangerous.'"

Senior Jamie Rusovick is the frustrated Maggie Maxwell, with Danny Neff, Jen Sandoval, and J.C. Harris also playing major roles.

But the cast is large, according to Siler, and showcases the work of a group of talented seniors. Besides Rusovick, they include Carina Peters, Travis Walton, Chris Bott, Calvin Legassie and Ameigh Buckner.

"There are some incredible parts in this show," he said.

The opening performance is Thursday, Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the PHS auditorium. Subsequent performances are at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Tickets, available at the door, are $4 for adults, $3 for students, and $2 for senior citizens and Longhorn Pride cardholders.

The play is dedicated to Robert Holcombe, a 1995 PHS graduate and former drama student who died recently. Holcombe's family has asked that donations in his honor be made to the PHS Drama Department.

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