Theater Company Offers ‘Up The Down Staircase’ For Two-Weekend Run

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Who were you in high school? Do you remember how you dressed or the kind of music you listened to?

Do you remember who your best friends were or where you went on Friday nights? Everyone has a high school story.

Revisit those days with the Payson High School Longhorn Theatre Company’s production of “Up the Down Staircase” based on the novel by Bel Kaufman.

Playing for two weekends, this show will give all an opportunity to once again feel the magic and frustrations of their own high school days. Follow the young idealistic Sylvia Barrett as she tries to keep control of her students as well as her sanity.

Watch as students — from stifled poets to class clowns — discover who they are and who they want to be.

Experience the magic of this performance in the more intimate setting of the PHS Studio Theatre located behind the auditorium.

There’s a reason that audiences love the shows held in the “Black-Box.”

Sitting only feet from the players, you will feel as if you are immersed within the set and the show.

Fans of the original Kaufman novel will delight in the close adaptation of the book and the innovative, surprising set design.

To experience this unique performance, come to the Studio Theatre on Thursday, April 18, Saturday April 30 or Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m.

For those wishing to attend an afternoon performance, stop in for a matinee on Friday, April 29 or May 6 at 4 p.m.

Admission will be $6 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and $5 for first- through 12th-grade students. Renaissance cardholders receive a $1 discount and Thespian cardholders are always free.

You may purchase your tickets in advance for $1 less at East West Exchange. Come and enjoy a live theatrical show produced by an experienced theater company.

Paula Scott is a PHS senior who plays Miss Sylvia Barrett in the play.

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