It’s all laughs with ‘The Nerd’

(UPDATED Nov. 19, 2019)

This story has been updated to reflect new show dates for London High School’s production of “The Nerd.”

Originally, shows were set for Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Now, they are Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. The Friday show has been moved to Saturday because London is hosting the Div. I Region 2 regional football playoff game between Springfield and Dublin Coffman on Friday.


In a scene from “The Nerd,” the title character suggests that guests at a dinner party play a game of “Socks and Shoes,” which requires each participant to put a bag over his or her head and tear out one eye-hole. Having fun with rehearsals are cast members in London High School’s upcoming production of the play: (from left) Sara Madden, Noah Browning, Anthony Holfinger, Paul Huff and Alicia Skinner.

(Posted Nov. 13, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

When it comes to sales pitches, few are more straightforward than this one: “If you want a good laugh, come see ‘The Nerd.’”

Scott Blanton, director of London High School’s fall play, is excited to put on this classic comedy.

“I recently heard about a professional theater company who does this play at least once every 10 years because audiences respond so well to it. This is the third time I have directed it because I enjoy it so much,” Blanton said.

The story is set in Indiana and revolves around Willum Cubbert (played by junior Noah Browning), an architect who is designing a hotel for the boisterous but grim-faced Warnock Waldgrave (senior Paul Huff).

Willum is kind and intelligent, but he’s also a pushover. Waldgrave is pressuring him to “get rid of all that extra junk” and just design a basic building.  Willum also is about to lose a loving relationship because, as his girlfriend Tansy (senior Sara Madden) puts it, “he lacks gumption.”

To top it all off, when the guy who saved Willum’s life in Vietnam (Rick Steadman played by junior Luke Peart) shows up needing a place to stay, Willum can’t say “no” to him, even when he turns out to be the most annoying person on the planet.

Among the other characters in the mix are: Axel Hammond (freshman Anthony Holfinger), a drama critic and Willum’s best friend; Clelia Waldgrave (junior Alicia Skinner), the hotel owner’s high-strung wife who only releases stress when she can break “something small;” and Thor Waldgrave (freshman Ashton Deere), Warnock and Clelia’s handful of a son, who spends most of the play hiding in a closet or bedroom.

Blanton is pleased with how his student-actors have taken to the play.

“Because this play has a smaller cast, it means that there are a lot more lines for the individual actors. They’ve responded well and done a great job learning their lines,” he said. “We’ve also had a lot of fun, too. We can’t help but laugh about the outrageous situations these characters find themselves in.”

Blanton also noted that for the first time he has a student director for the fall play. Senior Ciara Cooney is filling the role.

“She has done a great job overseeing props and costumes and even blocking a scene,” Blanton said.

Performances are set for 7 p.m. Nov. 21 and Nov. 23 and 3 p.m. Nov. 24. (There is no show on Nov. 22.) General admission is $7 for adults and $6 for students. All tickets will be sold at the door.

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