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Aurelia High School to present 'The Royal Bachelor'

Thursday, November 12, 2009

These five young ladies would all like King Yokel to take their hand in marriage in the Aurelia High School production of "The Royal Bachelor," which is being performed Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The student - actresses are , from the left, Audrey Jessen, Erin Laursen, Amber Loucks, Regan Henkel and Krystal Nelson. Photo by Dan Whitney
AURELIA - The Aurelia High School Thespian Troupe, under the direction of Denise Nicodemus, will be presenting the musical "The Royal Bachelor" at the Aurelia High School Gym this weekend.

The Friday evening performance is a dinner theater, with catering by Home Plate Caterering, but reservations for dinner had to be made by Tuesday, so you'll be too late for that. However, if you would like to see the play, it will be performed Friday evening at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Tickets for the play may be purchased at the door, and the price is $4 for adults and $3 for students.

A well-heeled suitor - Yokel (Josh Anderson, left) listens to one of the five women (Erin Laursen) who are pursuing him in "The Royal Bachelor." Photo by Dan Whitney.
Play synopsis: When poor King Evian (Zach Nixon) falls out the window, the royal scepter ends up in the hands of Yokel (Josh Anderson), crowning this foolish hillbilly the next king. Everyone agrees that Yokel needs a wife to help him run the kingdom, so five eligible young ladies are brought in to vie for the new king's hand - Agatha Peabody (Regan Henkel), a high-society matron; Priscilla Tradewells-Ayers-Hollander-Morley (Erin Laursen) , a four-times-married gold digger; Sally Valley (Audrey Jessen), a ditzy cheerleader; Crushin' Kanisha (Amber Loucks), a New York City gangster-type; and Jane Claxton (Krystal Nelson), a true-hearted cowgirl from Texas .

Kingly advice - The ghost of King Evian (Zach Nixon, right) gives advice to his successor, Yokel (Josh Anderson), in this scene from "The Royal Bachelor," a musical being presented this weekend by Aurelia High School. Photo by Dan Whitney.
It is decided that the five will be tested on their abilities in true American Idol fashion (no talent necessary), followed by a Survivor style challenge. Yokel, however, is more focused on surviving his first days as royalty, especially with the bitter Prince Daft (Elliott Zadow), who was supposed to be next in line for the throne, making one harebrained - and funny! - assassination attempt after another.

Deb Peterson serves as the musical director of the play, which features music by Bill Francoeur.

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