First Play Of Season Scheduled At Phs

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Alex Cervantes (center), Fallon Alexander (right) and Danny Walling (left) wait in the wings to rehearse their parts in “Hot Property.”

Romance, laughter, intrigue, real estate development — “Hot Property” has it all.

Since the beginning of the current school year, the Payson High School Drama team has been hard at work on the farcical play “Hot Property.”

Written in the 1980s by prolific New York-born playwright Fred Carmichael, this two-act play features a cast of eight Payson High School students — six seniors and two freshmen. It is guest-directed by John Siler, who the students respectfully address as “Sir.” Thomas Walling is stage manager, assisted by Ashley Parker, a junior in the advanced Theatre Production class.

With the setting of the play a modern-day city, the plot revolves around the contested development of a piece of property along with alleged plagiarism. Laughter and mistaken identities conspire with a “sting” operation.

“Hot Property” will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22; 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23; and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. All presentations will be in the Payson High School Longhorn Theatre Auditorium. A customary Friday play matinee will not take place, as the annual Fiddlers Contest is scheduled on Friday, Sept. 24.

Casting and rehearsals have already begun for the November presentation of “Peter Pan.” Visit the phslonghorntheatre.com Web site for updated information concerning this and other Longhorn Theatre activities.

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