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Cloverleaf to present ‘The Curious Savage’

The Cloverleaf High School Drama Club will present “The Curious Savage” by John Patrick 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8 and 9 at the Cloverleaf Elementary School stage in Westfield Township.

A matinee performance featuring the understudies is 2:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

Tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour before each show. Adult tickets are $7 and students and children are $5.

Sidney Heil, left, and Nicole Rhoads share the stage as two of the leads in “The Curious Savage” presented by the Cloverleaf High School Drama Club. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

“In keeping with the tradition of alternating drama and comedy each year, we switched back to a really clever and funny favorite for this year’s production,” director John Carmigiano said. “We have a good mix of young and experienced actors in the cast, and they have really been challenged to create some unique characters.”

The play last was performed at Cloverleaf in 2002 and was directed by retired drama coach James Gilder.

Adam Michel is the assistant director and senior Shauna Lachendro is the student director. She also is the understudy for the character of Mrs. Paddy.

Seniors Mikyla Wilfred (Florence), Nicole Rhoads (Fairy May), Kevin Martin (Jeffery), Jacob Scott (Dr. Emmett) and Lydia Glancy (Lily Belle) bring experience to the younger cast.

“It is good for our seniors to have their shining moments,” Carmigiano said. “Many of these drama kids have been with us all four years, and it is nice to see them get the chance they have been anticipating for quite awhile.”

Juniors JP Gerber (Titus) and Sydney Heil (Mrs. Savage) play two of the leading roles in the show.

Juniors Daniel Chudzinski (Samuel) and Brandee Bell (Mrs. Paddy) and sophomores Michael Martin (Hannibal) and Sarah Oakes (Miss Willie) round out this cast of misfit characters.

“It is great to have such good up-and-coming talent,” Carmigiano said. “I see the future for many of these kids and I am excited.”

The understudy matinee is a first at Cloverleaf. Carmigiano said it is important to allow the young actors and actresses the opportunity to gain stage experience.

“At the end of the day, this is an educational experience,” Carmigiano said. “We want our drama members to learn and experiment and have this kind of an opportunity.”

There are eight understudies: Lachendro, Sydney Lewis, Matt Futrell, Delaney Sheldon, Derek Anderson, Allison Chudzinski, Aleyna Wilfred and Shelby Warner.

The set was co-designed by Carmigiano and Eric Martin, a parent, who helped construct the stage. The all-purpose crew members for the production include Sophia Reed, Andrew Jarrett, Derek Stallard, Bethany Sullivan and Emily Johnson.

There will be a free dress rehearsal that is open to the public, including a special invitation to senior citizens, 7 p.m. Monday.

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