The curtain will rise at 2 p.m. Sunday for the first of three performances of “The Love of Three Oranges” by Hilary DePiano, the Great Bend High School spring play. It can also be seen at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults and are available at the door.
Dan Heath, GBHS theater teacher and director, said the play combines great costumes, an imaginative set and multimedia technology to bring an old story into the new millennium.
The play synopsis reveals “The Love of Three Oranges” is “a wild, raucous slapstick comedy that is completely retooled and revised for today’s audiences. Prince Tartaglia’s life is filled with misery until an evil witch and her equally evil henchmen curse him to search for three giant oranges. But this quest proves more fruitful than anyone could have imagined as a once-lonely prince discovers love, friendship and laughter when he encounters wizards, monarchs and a wild narrator who isn’t sure how far removed from the story she really is.”
“I am blessed to have a large and extremely talented senior class,” Heath said. “With so much experience, both on stage and off, this play has a polish and style that is rare for a high school production.”
The play is co-directed by Andy Negaard, GBHS business teacher. Stage managers are Kristin Kelley and Courtney Campbell and the technical director is Luke Abbott. Ashley and Cocherell Weiland serve as the artistic directors.
The cast includes Danen Levingston, Aaron Mull, Dalen Hinds, Cody Bowers, Alan Clark, Josh Fredrick, David Webster, Morgan Gauby, Holly Mosier, Makayla Gotchall, Kelsey Dirck, Alyssa Dowson, Joy Conner, Hannah Mosier, Katrina Moore, Kiley Flint and Paige Vansteenburgh.