Charlie’s Aunt takes to the stage

Jamie Malley, Joshua Malley, Matt Kreft and Hannah Jenson, as respective characters Amy Spettigue, Charles Wykeham, Jack Chesney and Kitty Verdun, rehearse a scene on Oct. 31 in the play, “Charley’s Aunt,” in advance of Princeton High School’s first performance of the play this Friday evening.

Princeton High School will be giving three performances of “Charley’s Aunt,” starting this Friday, Nov. 9 in the school’s performing arts center.

The play is a farce, meaning a comedy with more physical action.

Tickets are only being sold at the door and are $6 for adults, $4 for students and $3 for senior citizens.

The performances will be this coming Friday and Saturday, starting at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m.

Maureen Palashewski is directing the play, which was written by Brandon Thompson and set in the 1920s. It begins with two young Oxford University undergraduate students Jack Chesney (Matt Kreft) and Charles Wykeham (Joshua Malley) in a predicament, and their crafting of a whacky scheme to get out of it. Their dilemma is set up by their having arranged a date with Kitty Verdun (Hannah Jenson) and Amy Spettigue (Jamie Malley) in which the two men were going to have the two women meet Charley’s aunt – Donna Lucia d’Alvadorez (Alexis Jorgenson). Chesney and Wykeham were going to distract the aunt at one point so they could declare their love to the women – Chesney to Verdun and Wykeham to Spettigue.

But Charlie’s aunt doesn’t show up on time and the students realize their two dates will not stay without a chaperone, who would have been Charlie’s aunt. So Chesney and Wykeham talk Lord Fancourt Babberly “Babbs” (Vince Steele) to dress up and pose as Charley’s Aunt for when Verdun and Spettigue show up. What follows are plot twists, romancing and no small amount of manipulation as characters try to meet their ends.

Palashewski noted that many in the production, besides the cast members, have been excelling in their roles to make the approximately 2 1/2-hour, three-act play successful.

Those include set builder Randy Hatch, set designer Bonnie Nelson, costume director C.J. Sedan, props director Haley Wold, set painter Kelsie Mueller, stage manager Allie Levandoski, assistant Jaysen Hohlen, and assistant student director Casey Mordal.

Palashewski says the doors will open a half-hour before each show.

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