Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Getting hitched at the Hitching Post

Carey players explore the comedy

Express Staff Writer

What's the last thing a young couple needs when they're eloping? It's coming across an assortment of rural hillbillies determined to talk them out of it and further complicate their lives.

That's the comedic premise of the Carey High School production of a two-act play called "The Hitching Post," which will be staged Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, in the Carey theater. Curtain time is 8 p.m. for the hour-and-10-minute show.

"It's a slow-paced, rural, hillbilly type of play with lots of good lines and character parts," director Ken Mecham said. "The young couple winds up at this place called the Hitching Post, where the owner and his buddy do their best to talk them out of marrying. The girl's mother shows up, and she doesn't want them to get married, either, and there are some inept outlaws that arrive, too. Eventually it all works out for the best, but it's funny getting there."

Micaela Adamson and Gunner Thompson are cast as the couple. The Hitching Post owner and his friend are Charlie Rivera and Glen Andrews.

The outlaws are Dillon Cenarrusa and Eric Adamson. Chris Peck is the sheriff, Charmaine Kirkland is the mother and her secretary is Arriana Nielson. Other roles are played by McKayla Mecham and Lilly Rivera.

Handling the lights and sound are Alex Durtschi and Kendrick Villavicencio. Doing the makeup are Daphne Kirkland, Sarah Purdy and Valerie Olsen.

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