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Two for the price of one

April 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Those who enjoy the acting abilities of the Canfield High School Players will be getting a real deal this weekend. Not one, but two totally different plays, all on the same stage, and all for the price of one ticket.

On April 20, 21 and 22, the CHS Players will perform Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" and Paul Zindel's "The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds." Each production has its own director and stage manager, and features a different cast.

"This is Dr. Becky Heikkinen's last year, so she wanted to do a drama," said Regina Reynolds, director of "The Odd Couple."

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Junior Lauren Johnson checks out the beat-up fridge and stove that are part of the props for “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds,” one of two plays that CHS Players will perform this weekend.

The idea came up to have Heikkinen do her drama and Reynolds could do a comedy. Both would use the same stage backdrop with a few minor changes in props.

Helping out with the set for the dual-production was Judge Mark Frost of Columbiana, a friend of Reynolds. When he is not holding the gavel in court, he loves picking up a different type hammer and goes to work building sets for local theater productions at schools and other non-profits.

"He made the set to work for both plays," Reynolds said.

The two plays also calls for separate stage managers. Junior Grace Schuler will manage the "Man-in-the-Moon" production and sophomore Marina Campos will handle the "Odd Couple."

"We couldn't have pulled this off without them," said Reynolds.

The twin performances will start on Friday (April 20) at 7 p.m. for "The Odd Couple" and will run again at 2 p.m. on Saturday (April 21) and at 4 p.m. on Sunday (April 22). Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens.

"If you come on Friday for 'The Odd Couple,' you can use that ticket to come on Saturday or Sunday to see 'Man-in-the-Moon,'" said Heikkinen. "Or come on Saturday and Sunday and see both for one price."

She said the dual performances are sure to bring tears to a persons eye. Be it from laughter or sadness.



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