‘The Rehearsal’ opens tonight at Encore Theatre


By Merri Hanjora - mhanjora@limanews.com



Kaylee Riggs, left, acts alongside Madison Downing in the Encore Theatre’s production of “The Rehearsal.”.

Kaylee Riggs, left, acts alongside Madison Downing in the Encore Theatre’s production of “The Rehearsal.”.


Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

The cast of “The Rehearsal” gathers around Jon Allen, middle, during rehearsal at Encore Theatre.

The cast of “The Rehearsal” gathers around Jon Allen, middle, during rehearsal at Encore Theatre.


Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

IF YOU GO

WHAT: McDonald’s Youth Theatre presents “The Rehearsal”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Encore Theatre, 991 North Shore Drive, Lima

ADMISSION: $5-$10. For tickets call the box office at 419-223-8866 or visit www.amiltellers.org.

LIMA — McDonald’s Youth Theatre is presenting “The Rehearsal” at Encore Theatre.

“The Rehearsal” is a comedy about a teacher who is trying to produce the musical “Guys and Dolls,” much to the chagrin of the kids. There aren’t enough guys for the “guys” parts and there is a girl who is clinically incapable of following directions, and she has a doctor’s note to prove it.

Ashley Shank is directing “The Rehearsal.” She’s directed shows in the past, noting that in 2016 she directed “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,” which was written by the same author as “The Rehearsal.”

”It’s a little different from his first work, or maybe it’s just because I’ve seen more since then, but this one gives me more freedom to do stuff. Definitely a lot of chances for the kids to have input, too. They’ve definitely been asking a lot of like ‘Hey, can we try this’, and I say let’s ride it out and see how it works,” said Shank.

There are about 20 kids in the cast and two kids helping out with the crew. Most of the kids have been in plays before.

”They’ve all been doing fantastic,” said Shank. “Everyone just worked together instantly. Sometimes it gets to the point where I have to say, ‘Okay guys we actually have to get to work now. I know you all want to hang out, but …’

While “The Rehearsal” is not a musical, it is about putting on a musical. There will be a little singing and dancing to amuse the audience.

“Sometimes I have to say, okay you are doing too well of a job, you need to do worse. Everyone just laughs at that,” said Shank.

Shank feels the play’s comedy will appeal to everyone, from kids to adults.

Kaylee Riggs, left, acts alongside Madison Downing in the Encore Theatre’s production of “The Rehearsal.”.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/02/web1_Encore-Theatre-2-5-18-6171.jpgKaylee Riggs, left, acts alongside Madison Downing in the Encore Theatre’s production of “The Rehearsal.”. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News
The cast of “The Rehearsal” gathers around Jon Allen, middle, during rehearsal at Encore Theatre.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/02/web1_Encore-Theatre-2-5-18-2.jpgThe cast of “The Rehearsal” gathers around Jon Allen, middle, during rehearsal at Encore Theatre. Levi A. Morman | The Lima News

By Merri Hanjora

mhanjora@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: McDonald’s Youth Theatre presents “The Rehearsal”

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Encore Theatre, 991 North Shore Drive, Lima

ADMISSION: $5-$10. For tickets call the box office at 419-223-8866 or visit www.amiltellers.org.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511.

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