Nevada High School students are working now to prepare to put on a very special ‘world premiere’ show on Nov. 3 and 4 in the Josephine Tope Community Auditorium.
The Nevada students involved will be the first to put on a brand new play by Dan Zolidis called “Breaking News.” In fact, Niblock said it is possible that Zolidis will come to see one of Nevada’s performances.
“This show will be the first time it is performed on stage on any level,” said high school play director Karen Niblock, who is in her 13th year as the NHS drama director. During her tenure, the school has presented eight musicals, four madrigals and 12 plays.
“Breaking News” is a satirical look at the influence of the media and social media on a local high school, Niblock explained. “This show pokes fun at every side of the story. It is a sequel to a play we did the first year the auditorium was finished called ‘The Election’,” she added.
Niblock said she picked “Breaking News” because of its message. “I think it has a great message. You need to check things out for yourself and don’t blindly follow anyone. Be your own person.” The show, she added, should be a lot of fun for those attending. “You will leave laughing at the world we live in and the world around us. Sometimes you will shake your head and other times you will enjoy the antics of the talented cast.”
Forty-eight students are part of the play cast; and 20 students are working behind the scenes on the play’s crew. “Several of our returning students have leading roles: Mackenzie Garrett, Kaylee Kruse, Sadie Rowley, Kim Garcia, Clay Bauman, Ethan Shawgo and Nathan Tanner. We have also added a newcomer to our leads, Megan Wessels. The ensemble cast has many varied roles,” Niblock said.
Helping Niblock with this production are Kate Sutton, assistant director; Alan Erickson, assistant director and set director; and Suzanne Thacker, set art director. Erickson and Thacker are working with students to make sets that Niblock said are taking on a more modern, sleeker look than a lot of the previous play sets at Nevada.
Tickets for this show are available now by using the school’s website: http://nevadahighdrama.seatyourself.biz. Tickets can also be purchased at the door, starting an hour prior to each show. Shows will start at 7 p.m.