AURELIA - The Aurelia High School Drama Department will present its 2010 Fall Play, "The Ransom of Miss Elverna Dower," on Friday November 12th and Sunday November 14th .
If somebody kidnapped your least favorite teacher, would you want her back? In an award-winning comedic tale, Casey and Tim nab their demanding English teacher to avoid having to take a test, but they find that no one wants her back! It's bad enough that she corrects the grammar in their ransom note and makes them rewrite it, but when the captive teacher assigns them a research paper on famous kidnappings in history, the young kidnappers find themselves doing more school work than ever!
Meanwhile, nobody takes the new principal (a former student of Miss Dower's) seriously, a high-strung ex-Marine corporate executive turned housewife runs a PTA bake sale fundraiser with military precision, a Star Trek-obsessed custodian works frantically to keep the crumbling building ship-shape, and the football mascot believes himself to be a real Viking warrior, with his sassy cousin from Brooklyn as his Valkyrie-in-training.
Great characters and sharp humor make this loose adaptation of O. Henry's classic Ransom of Red Chief a delightful choice for any audience.
The Friday night show will be a dinner theater, with serving to begin at 6:15 p.m. in the gym, followed by the play at 7 p.m. Reservations for the dinner must be made by November 5th, as seating is limited. To make reservations, call Denise at 434-5991 or 434-2178.
Dinner/show tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for ages 5-11, and $10 for ages 4 and under. Proceeds from the dinner will go to help fund the Aurelia Thespian Troupe. Sunday's performance starts at 2 p.m. Tickets for the play only may be purchased at the door.