4/30/2014 8:20:00 AM CVHS play finds humor in dysfunction
Marge Milhalovic (Bethany Gibson), center, tries to recover after sticking her foot in her mouth during the Chino Valley High drama production of “Halfway Home” Thursday night. Characters react to her mistake, from left, Anne (Jordan Ownby), Carol (Christina Ballard), Babby (Rachelle West), Gwen (Sonia Martinez) and Brenda (Chloe Vallejo).
The Chino Valley High School Drama Department took a serious topic, dysfunction, and poked fun at it through a fictional family in "Halfway Home," this past weekend.
Each character brought unique humor as the Milhalovic family, led by overbearing Marge (Bethany Gibson) prepares for the homecoming of one of her four daughters in the family home in Ankeny, Iowa.
Drama teacher and director/set designer Erica Muse said her class chose the play as an "opportunity to laugh at those everyday struggles."
"Working with material that addresses family struggles can often be difficult, and I am extremely proud of these students who took on the challenges of performing material that can cause us to face some interesting parts of ourselves," Muse said.
The production crew included Bret Ely, teacher and tech crew head/construction; Nikki Linebaugh, stage manager; Ariel Darnell, asst. stage manager; Lilly Mendez and Tim Rudiger, technical stage managers; Bree Scott, costume dept. head; Kelsey Stockes, prop dept. head; and Lexi Lusk and Cassie Little, hair and make-up department heads.
Art Club students painted scenery. Students in the Stagecraft and Introduction to Drama classes acted as run crew and helped with construction, scenery and concessions.