Tickets and show times for ‘The Foreigner”
London High School’s fall play production is set for 7 p.m. Nov. 7-9. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $5 at the door. Senior citizens are invited to attend the dress rehearsal on Nov. 6 free of charge. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 followed by the show at 7.
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
If you know nothing about “The Foreigner,” don’t expect London High School play director Scott Blanton to divulge any plot twists before the curtain goes up.
For instance, when asked about special effects, he said only, “There’s an explosion,” and “One of the characters melts.”
To say much more would give away all of the fun, said Blanton, who chose to put on the two-act comedy this year because “we have a group of students who can perform comedy well.”
Among the cast members are senior Jack Spahn, who plays Charlie Baker, and James George, who plays Charlie’s pal, “Froggy” LaSueur. The two British men are guests at a resort lodge in rural Georgia in the 1980s.
Depressed over marital problems, Charlie doesn’t want to speak to anyone. To give his friend a cover, Froggy tells the lodge owner, Betty, played by senior Delaney Hill, that Charlie is from an exotic land and knows no English.
The fabricated language barrier fuels the comedy, as does the interesting infor-mation revealed about the lodge’s other guests: a reverend with a dark side, played by senior Kyle Weese; the reverend’s fiancée, played by senior Alicia Ferguson; the fiancée’s dim-witted brother, played by junior Aaron Throckmorton; and the reverend’s redneck friend, played by senior Hayden Conley.
“The cast is all upperclassmen, so they’re veteran actors. It’s been enjoyable to direct them,” Blanton said.
Among the script’s challenges are the characters’ accents—some British, some from America’s south.
“We looked up youtube videos to get the Georgia accent down,” said Blanton, noting the students got the hang of it pretty quickly.
Behind the scenes, sophomores Jacob Green and Elena Richardson serve as student directors, backstage crew and prop managers.