Dating Game

January 28, 2014 

Yosemite High School sophomores Ethan Solomon and Gianna DeFelice led a cast of 24 drama students in last weekends hilarious play "The Dating Game."

This upbeat comedy looked at two people (Solomon and DeFelice) who go on many blind dates determined to find love. They bump into each other, go out, break up and continue to look for that special person, dealing with a large variety of personalities.

Large crowds enjoyed the 24 mini-scenes featuring a variety of personalties played-out for the most part, during disastrous blind dates.

Characteristics of the roles included a fanatic Green Bay Packers fan complete with cheese head (Elizabeth Savage), a schizophrenic (freshman Elyse Keeler) that has a two-sided argument with herself, a want-to-be politician (Jaecie Madeus), a young lady (Victoria Bartunek) anxious to be a bride, a psychic (Lacy Frye) who 'reads' feet, a kleptomaniac (Jessica Fine), young man who believes he is a pirate (foreign exchange student Johnny Zhang) and a young man (Eddie Nixon) who can only speak with a deep, professional movie trailer announcer's voice.

Other actors who had prominent roles in the play were sophomores Tyler Wallace and Evan Diehl.

According to Lars Thorson, YHS theater arts teacher and the play's director, the cast was made up of one freshman, 19 sophomores, one junior and three seniors.

For many of the students, the show represented their first play and the first time on stage in front of an audience.

"Overall the students did a great job on the show," Thorson said. "They learned a lot about being on stage, and the importance of being loud and clear so the audience can appreciate the lines they worked so hard to memorize."

Two performances are scheduled in March. "Fool Disclosure," an evening of improv, skits and digital shorts, is a senior project by Jacob Caldwell and Jordan Rose, and will be performed March 6 and 7.

"Night Mother," a lyrical drama about love, suicide and the meaning of life is a senior project of Zoe Powell and Hannah McMechan. The drama will be performed March 13-15.

The Disney inspired musical "Beauty and the Beast," will be presented at 7 p.m., April 23-25, with a 2 p.m. matinee performance at 2 p.m., April 26. The musical will include more than 30 performers and a live orchestra made up of members of the Oakhurst Community Band and YHS students under the direction of Randy Hyatt. The role of the beast will be played by Nixon.

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