Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

May 6, 2010

GHS forms drama club; will present ‘Our Town’

Glasgow Daily Times

EDMONTON — Glasgow High School Players, a newly formed drama club, will present Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” Saturday at 7 p.m. at Kentucky Repertory Theatre in Horse Cave.

GHS Players is the first drama club the school has had in several years.

“I have been waiting for three years to get this drama club and I was very happy to get it,” said Kyle Pickett, a GHS junior.

Pickett is a member of the school’s chorus and has appeared in several of the school’s music theater productions, but said he is happy the school also now has a drama club as well as a chorus.

Some of the students in the club have prior acting experience and have participated in Kentucky Rep’s Young Performers Acting Workshop, while others have appeared in GHS’s musical theater productions. Others have no previous acting experience.

The club, which is being advised by GHS teacher Mary Fye, is working with Robert Brock, artistic director at Kentucky Rep, on its first production.

Brock is directing “Our Town” and helping get the club up and going.

“I will be glad to continue to help them in years to come,” he said. “This is really their thing. They’re doing ‘Our Town,’ by Thornton Wilder, mainly because it is a much easier play than most; just to start out with something that doesn’t involve a lot of technical detail. I think it’s very exciting.”

So far there are less than 20 students involved with the club, and about 15 that make up the cast for “Our Town.”

Fye is hoping the club will become a student-led organization.

“I really want it to be student driven as much as possible,” she said.

While the club is presenting its first play at Kentucky Rep, Fye hopes the club will be able to present future plays in the high school’s new auditorium when it is built.

Pickett portrays the character of Mr. Webb in the play, who he says is very bi-polar.

“I love ‘Our Town,’” he said. “Robert is a great director. Last night [Monday] was when the play really, really came together. He just took us there in the third act. The third act is very good.”

Ashton Gosnell, also a junior, portrays the constable in the play and says having a drama club is “very exciting.”

“Just knowing we can share what we love to do with our classmates and hopefully get them interested in it and help them find something they love is just a great opportunity,” she said. “It’s so fun because you're acting with your friends and possibly your teachers.”

Gosnell and Pickett have participated in the theater’s Young Performers Workshop in years past, but Heather Emmitt, a sophomore, has not appeared in a play since she was very young.

“I love it,” she said. “This is the first actual thing I’ve been in and I just love it.”

The students will present the play tomorrow and on Monday to the school’s student body. A public performance has been set for 7 p.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $5 and are available at the theater’s box office.