BACKSTAGE AT THE DINNER THEATER

PHS Drama Program and Culinary Arts Department are collaborating on a Dinner Theater production

Brenna Henderson

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March 10, 2023
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Photo Courtesy: Hannah Sears

The PHS Drama Club will be putting on a dinner theater production at the fairgrounds on Feb. 10 and 11.

The PHS Drama Club and the Culinary Arts class are preparing to team up once again for the upcoming Dinner Theater production on Feb. 10 and 11. This will be the second consecutive year the Culinary Arts and Theater department work together to prepare a decadent meal and entertain the community.

“One Stoplight Town” is about a small town that is centered around a singular stoplight that their town just got. The play takes place over a couple of decades showing the changes in the town, and the people’s feelings toward the stoplight.

Since this is only the drama club’s second time pairing up with the Culinary Arts class, there are many different opportunities to learn more about both the theater and the culinary industry. The students learn to adapt in order to perform at different places, work with new people and find new ways to create certain set pieces.

“I like the fact that it’s a lot of community members and…the culinary class [is] involved,” Drama Department advisor Mr. Greaham said. “Just like our town in the play; there’s nothing to do, and it’s boring, so it gives them an activity.”

Doing a dinner theater show during the winter season provided funding for upcoming plays. In the spring, the drama club plans to use that money to finance an even larger project.

We’ve all worked really hard on all of it. So it’s gonna be an amazing show, and you definitely should all come watch it.”

— Hannah Sears

“We’ve all worked really hard on all of it,” senior Hannah Sears said. “So it’s gonna be an amazing show, and you definitely should all come watch it.”

Each person that is involved with the play goes through different struggles of their own; nerves are the most common obstructive factor that go into performing.

“I think [the nerves are] better because I’m older and in a [better] community,” freshman Audrey Johnson said. “In a way, everyone is experiencing [nerves] because everyone’s doing it and putting full effort into it, as opposed to a class where not everyone wants to be there.”

Even experienced actors and actresses deal with nerves. Gaining experience doesn’t always mean losing the fear of messing up on stage.

“I think you get used to being nervous as you gain more experience,” senior Hannah Sears said. “But I still get stage fright every time I go on for a performance. I don’t think that’s a habit I’ll ever kick but it’s definitely gotten a lot easier as I’ve gotten older.”