Friday, May 7, 2010

Actors confront devil in the details

Carey student wants to be valedictorian in comedy

Express Staff Writer

This is the time of year when the vast majority of high school students have totally abandoned the idea of being the class valedictorian, he or she with the highest grade point average and most of the smarts.

Not Jimmy Faust, the lead character in Carey High School's spring play "The Devil You Say," a two-act comedy being staged Friday and Saturday, May 7-8 in the Carey theater. Despite lacking credentials, he's thinking he's still got a chance to be tops in the class.

So, graduating senior Jimmy seeks a Faustian bargain, a deal with the devil to become his class valedictorian. What Jimmy Faust doesn't count on, however, is falling head over heels in love with the girl who has earned the right to be the real class valedictorian. And so the hilarity unfolds.

Brad Peck plays Jimmy Faust and Micaela Adamson is the real valedictorian/Jimmy's unexpected sweetheart in Carey's comedy directed by Ken Mecham. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. each night this weekend. The "devil" is Jessica Parke and Shane Bingham plays Jimmy's best friend.

Rounding out the cast are Kelly Patterson, McKayla Mecham, Jessica Richardson, Shay Stewart, Trevor Peck, Charlie Rivera, Austin Hennefer, Jaide Parke, Lynn Mecham, Blair Peck, Charmaine Kirkland and Jared Koudelka.

In charge of sound and lights are Eric Adamson and Pierce Patterson. Makeup artists are Lorene Andrews, Morgan Parke and Shurressa Rodriguez. Tickets for the 90-minute production are $3 adults, $2.50 students and $1 seniors.

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