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Ligonier Valley High School students take the stage in 'The Election'

Cami DiBattista | for the Ligonier Echo
Ligonier Valley High School students attend a rehearsal to prepare for the upcoming play, 'The Election,' scheduled for Friday and Saturday in the school's auditorium. From left, Devyn Lisi, Jared Bloom and Claire Tudor rehearse an election scene from the play about students vying for the position of class president, while director John Gregorich looks on.

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Published: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, 10:50 p.m.

Ligonier Valley High School students will be presenting “The Election” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the school's auditorium. General admission is $5.

The comedy, written by Don Zolidis, is a timely satire on the contemporary political scene.

“‘The Election' goes along with the current political scene and I feel that the audience and kids will be able to relate to it,” said the play's director John Gregorich, who teaches science at the school.

In the battle for student body president, hopeful presidential candidate, Mark Davenport, played by senior Jared Bloom, and nerdy student, Christy Martin, played by junior Claire Tudor, go head to head.

Davenport figures he will cruise to victory in the campaign, but that is before Martin gets an extreme makeover and a slick professional campaign manager.

Thirty students make up the cast and crew for this year's play, chosen by Gregorich, who has been directing musicals and plays at the high school for the last four years.

Gregorich said he reads around 10 plays every summer when choosing which script to go with. He tries to choose one that fits in well with what is going on in the world.

“Comedy is fun to do,” Gregorich said. “The public needs something to laugh at.”

Senior Devyn Lisi will be participating in the school play for the first time. Lisi is portraying Kyli, the lead reporter who encourages the candidates.

“Our school plays always turn out so well,” said Lisi, who added she had thought about trying out for a play since her freshman year and is excited to be participating in this year's production.

Lead male Jared Bloom said he has previously been involved with theater at the school.

“I love it so much,” said Bloom. “It's definitely a great after-school activity. You get to hang out with friends and at the same time put yourself out there.”

The cast has been working with the play since September. Gregorich said he feels the students work well together.

“There are a lot of big speeches to master this time around but I have faith they will learn all their lines; they always do.”

Playwright Don Zolidis said when writing the play he took all the ridiculous attacks at politicians and distributed them among the candidates.

“I tried very hard not to make this a liberal or a conservative' play,” Zolidis said. “No one will be offended in the political sense but they should all be provoked by the attack on the system.”

Cami DiBattista is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.



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