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An abundance of interruptions

PROCRASTINATION STATION:From left,Howard Weemsplayed by Grayson Snyder, sits with his Editor, played by Katelyn Ramsey. During the play, Weems is offered a to stay at his Editor’s house as he finishes his next novel. From there, Weems faces several interruptions.

By Katharine Calabro - kcalabro@ftimes.com

Clinton Prairie High School is hosting two nights full of interruptions for their fall play production this week.

The production, “Interruptions” by Burton Bumgarner, will be performed by the Clinton Prairie Drama Club and will feature 10 students acting out specific roles and five more working behind the scenes.

The synopsis of the play features Howard Weems, a successful romance novelist, who develops writer’s block under deadline. In hopes of finishing the novel, Weems goes to his editor’s house where he is soon faced with many interruptions.

CPHS Spanish Teacher and Drama Club Sponsor Kelsie Stevenson said her students have been preparing for opening night for eight weeks. Although rehearsal has been twice a week, she knows students have been practicing daily, working on their lines.

In fact, Stevenson said the biggest challenge she and the cast have faced has been scheduling issues. Most of her actors are athletes, so scheduling around their practices has been difficult and made students work twice as hard.

“These kids have worked through fall break and come in for rehearsal at 5:30 a.m. to have a perfect performance, so they deserve a huge audience to appreciate their work,” Stevenson said.

The lead role of Howard Weems will be played by Grayson Snyder, a junior at CPHS. When it came to picking Snyder for the part, Stevenson said she knew he would take the initiative and was the type of person who could adapt and fit into any role.

“That’s how I knew,” she said. “He deserves the lead.”

Alongside with Snyder, Stevenson said she was also excited for the audience to see Mason McGraw, a senior at CPHS, who will be playing the role of the plumber. Although a smaller part, Stevenson said McGraw has gone above and beyond for his character.

“Every single time he walks on stage he is in full character,” she said. “He has just done so much.”

McGraw isn’t the only senior on stage this year. The play features five seniors total for those participating on stage, and nine including crew. Stevenson said, for some, this is their first production.

Stevenson said having both new and returning members offers more of a variety, proving drama club isn’t just for a specific group of kids. She said this year the club has athletes, honor society and FFA students.

“It’s not a one size fits all, anyone can do drama,” Stevenson said. “This whole play even includes athletes who are willing to come and get out of their comfort zone.”

Overall, Stevenson said the play will be a fun atmosphere for anyone to come enjoy this week. With this being her first time taking over drama, she wanted her first production to be manageable.

“It’s funny and interesting,” Stevenson said.

Opening night for the play will be 7 p.m. Thursday, and production will continue at the same time Friday in the auditorium of CPHS. Admission for students grades K-12 is $3, adults are $5.