Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Genesee Valley School play: students ‘Caught In The Act’

(photo: Imris Curry, Alan Salyer, Ksa Curry, Aidan DeTine and Carolyn Duttweiler camp it up during rehearsal for “Caught In The Act,” the play being staged at Genesee Valley Central School Thursday, Friday and Saturday. )
By Kathyn Ross, Daily Reporter

BELMONT — Community theater gets up close and personal when students at Genesee Valley Central School take the stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday in “Caught In The Act.”

The play, written by Pat Cook, is about the trials and tribulations, mishaps, friendships and back-biting that beset a community theater production.

The lead role of “Gracie,” the unlucky director, is played by Ksa Curry.

“What can I say about Ksa? She was born in a trunk. She played Helen Keller when she was little. She is just a natural,” said Gregory Shelley, who is directing his ninth play for the school district. “The easiest part of directing this play is the kids. They are phenomenal.”

The young thespians have been rehearsing since the end of January. There is one sixth-grade student and two eighth-grade students in the production.

“This play is a lot easier than producing a musical,” said Shelley. “But we have had some problems with the slap-stick comedy. The kids have been working on their timing. There have also been a few references
they didn’t get, like the theme song to the old ‘Perry Mason’ show and one line which mimics the ‘Hey, Mr. Kot-ter!’ line which dates back to the old TV show ‘Welcome Back Kotter,’ which I had to explain.”

Shelley also said working with a two-act comedy gives an opportunity for many students to participate.

The members of the cast are Curry, Carolyn Duttweiler, Imris Curry, CheyAnn Shipman, Sheyenne Hooker, Alan Salyer, MacKenzie Ward, Sydney Keesler, Katrina Temple, Audrey Warner, Aidan DeTine, Justin Livergood, McKayla Temple, Noah Weinman, Caleb McGuire, Chelsea Phillips, Bailey Acosta and Rose Acosta.

The set designer and builder is M.J. Feldbauer. The tech crew is under
the direction of Cailin Bowen the costumer is Connie Lewis and Noelle DeTine and Lewis are heading up hair and make-up. The technical guys on the play are Alec Bentley and Tim Butler.

The play starts Thursday night and runs through Saturday.

Caught In The Act

Genesee Valley Central School

7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday

$3 General Admission; $2 Seniors/Students; Free for children 5 and under