Deadly Ernest Hits Stage in April

On Friday, April 15, and Saturday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. California High School drama students will be performing a play, directed by Ms. Tiffany Brown, called Deadly Ernest. This three-act comedy is about a man who has terrible luck and believes everyone he meets is out to get him.

Brown notes that despite all the snow in the early stages of preparation, the show is shaping up to be a fun and fabulous comedy.

“I was worried that all the snow days might hurt us since rehearsals were cancelled, but the cast has really risen to the occasion," said Brown.

The cast for this year's play consists of fourteen characters, eight girls and six boys. Cast members are Alex Davis (freshman), Ashlee Davis (junior), Dylan Ramey (sophomore), Eligio Banda (senior), Haley McMillian (sophomore), Jordan Brizendine (sophomore), Kaitlyn Allison (junior), Maria Banda (freshman), Meleigha Caudel (freshman), Mitchell Cox (senior), Rebecca Suen (senior), Samantha Gerhart (sophomore), Tyler Silvey (sophomore) and TyleRe Goans(senior). Cheyenne Doughty and Courtland Gerhart are stage managers.

Brown, the stage managers and the cast started practicing three to five days a week in December. All that practice has helped the actors get in the mindset of their characters.

Goans catches herself using the traits of her character, Margie, in her daily life. “Once we are onstage, we all really become our characters, each of us walking, talking, and acting like them,” she says.

“My character is always trying to fall asleep, so I think of things that make me feel tired,” explains Banda.

Tickets for Deadly Ernest go on sale Mon. Mar. 28 and cost $5 for adults and $2 for students. They can be purchased from cast, crew, Brown or at the door as seating permits.

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