The Edison High School Drama Club will present a double feature during upcoming performances in March.
Actors will first set the stage for “Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?” as part of its One-Act Showcase followed by the full-length comedy “Greater Tuna.” Club advisor Dave Schultz will direct both productions on March 25-26 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the curtains to rise at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and will be sold to students the week of the show and at the door.
“Where Have All the Lightning Bugs Gone?” was written by Louis E. Catron and is described as a surreal comedy that explores the relationship between a boy and girl and their conflicting and complimenting views on life. Thomas Phillips and Emma Phillips headline the show while crew members include Ben Willison as stage manager, Raeanna Dawson as assistant stage manager, Celeste Vojvodich as lighting director, Kayla Striker as assistant lighting director, Daniel Dwyer as sound director, Aiden Ferguson as assistant sound director and Cameron Taylor and Raeanna Dawson with make-up.
“Greater Tuna,” which was written by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard, is a lively look at the small town of Tuna, Texas, their local radio station and the oddball characters inhabiting the community. Rounding out the cast are Travis Rose and Mark Gescheider as Thurston Wheelis, Mya Howell as Arles Struvie, Thomas Phillips as Petey Fisk, Emma Phillips as Bertha Bumiller, Colby Hill as Stanley Bumiller, Mychi Stewart as Vera Carp, Cheyanne Coil as Pearl Burras and Didi Snavely, Abigail Kinney as Layla Childers, Jordan Hughes as Charlene Bumiller, Matthew Whitehill as Chad Hartford and R.R. Snavely, Kyle Martin as Harold Dean Lattimer and Hank Bumiller, Sami Smith as Jody Bumiller, Alex Booher as Phinas Blye, J.T. Pipo as Sheriff Givens and Elmer Watkins, Mark Gescheider as Reverend Spikes, Lucas Dawson as Yippy and Natalie Johns as Coach Ramona Chassie. The dog ensemble includes Alex Booher, Chloe Brooks, Michelle Marino, Natalie Johns, Raeanna Dawson and J.T. Pipo. Meanwhile, crew members include Katie Yohman as stage manager, Ben Willison and Isabella Norori as assistant stage managers, Aiden Ferguson as lighting director, Celeste Vojvodich as assistant lighting director, Kayla Striker as sound director, Daniel Dwyer as assistant sound director, Cameron Taylor as prop master, Whitney Streblo, Michelle Marino and Chloe Brooks as prop assistants, Shayla Shannon as an usher, Jacob Nichols, Kat Clancey and Alaina Warren on set work and Raeanna Dawson and Cameron Taylor on make-up.
Schultz said this is the first full-length performance at the school since 2009 and the group’s last attempt was impacted by the pandemic. This time, attendants will be required to don face coverings during the productions.
“Our groups first production in 2020, ‘The Diviners,’ was canceled due to the COVID lockdown and our second production in 2021 was a series of monologues rather than a true play,” he concluded. “I am very proud of the perseverance of the students in this club to be so dedicated to making theatre happen at our high school, despite all of the setbacks that COVID has caused these last few years.”