Carey High School students have decided to continue with their production of a school play after enduring the tragic loss of one of their classmates and fellow cast members.
Students are producing "The Education of Angels," a two-act comedy directed by drama teacher Ken Mecham. The play will be performed Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6, at 8 p.m. in the Carey School auditorium. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2.50 for students and $1.50 for seniors.
The cast originally included sophomore Austin Hennefer, 15, who was killed in a two-car accident south of Bellevue on Tuesday, Oct. 26. Mecham's son Jeff, a Carey teacher and driving instructor, was giving a driver's education lesson when the accident occurred. Jeff Mecham was injured in the accident and has been receiving treatment in a Boise hospital.
Hennefer's role as minister in the play will be played by Pierce Patterson.
"The Education of Angels" is about two angels in training who aren't very chummy with each other and are sent back to Earth for their final exam. They are sent to a church where a man is about to get married. The groom is somewhat dubious about his upcoming nuptials, and the appearance of his ex-wife increases his dilemma. Complicating the situation is the bride who was the wife of one of the angels when he was alive.
"It's a comedy with a message at the end, really a cute play," Ken Mecham said.
The angels are played by Shane Bingham and Micaela Adamson, the man getting married by Lynn Mecham, the bride's daughter by Kelly Patterson, the best man by Blair Peck and the ex-wife by Charmaine Kirkland. The rest of the cast includes Charlie Rivera and Andres Garcia.
The bride herself never shows up in the play.