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MPAHS presents comedy stage performance Friday and Saturday

| Thursday, April 7, 2011

There is going to be a big wedding in Mt. Pleasant this weekend -- and everyone is invited.

The student theater at Mt. Pleasant Area High School is presenting the comedy "Father of the Bride" Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium.

"This show has broad appeal, and it's a fun show for the kids to do," said Dalene Ritter, faculty director. "Who doesn't like a wedding?"

Based on the novel by Caroline Francke, the popular movie remake starring Steve Martin was released in 1991, based on the original 1950 movie that starred the late Elizabeth Taylor.

"There is a little note in the program about her," Ritter said.

The play will follow the announcement of the wedding through the actual nuptials and will highlight all the headaches that accompany planning for the big event.

Ritter said the play has been a bit of a challenge. She said the students and crew were putting together the main stage show as well as planning a wedding.

"We're not only doing a show, but we're producing a wedding," Ritter said. "That really doubled the work."

The stage sets will include items that were borrowed from the community. Ritter is thrilled with the backing that she has received from the community.

"The community support has been tremendous," Ritter said. "Levin Furniture said that we could have anything that we wanted, and Wedding Rental provided a lot of the decorations and the arch, and Rosso's Florist donated a bouquet."

Since Ritter had a large number of students show interest in the play, many of the lead roles have been double cast.

"I wanted to try to include anyone who was interested," Ritter said.

Junior Isaac Mason is playing the lead role of Mr. Banks, the loving father who has to give up his precious daughter.

"I was nervous at first," Mason said. "I thought I'd get some character part."

Mason said working with the different range of emotions that the show requires was difficult at first, but it's all coming together.

"It's been a challenge, but Nina and I have a pretty good chemistry," Mason said of his relationship and interaction with the actress, Nina Porter, who will be playing his daughter, Kay.

Porter was surprised she was given a lead role.

"I was shocked," Porter said. "But like Isaac said, we have good chemistry. We play off each other pretty well."

In addition to the show, several clubs will be offering refreshments for sale in the rotunda area at intermission.

"I can't believed the people who have said that they want to come and see the show," Ritter said. "I have people coming from all over. Just like the kids are saying, it's the wedding of the year."

The show will be staged at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. Senior citizens and children younger than 5 will be admitted for free.

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