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"Archie and the Wallflower" Entertains EMHS Crowd

The High School's Theatre Guild put on the production.

Christine Anglim, who plays Polly Waters in theatre production of  "Archie and the Wallflower" was really looking forward to this night.

"I was so excited to play in this production," said Anglim. "To be able to perform in front of my friends and family. It is so much fun."

Anglim, along with her other cast members, brought the house down on Friday night in front of about 50 spectators in the high school's small theatre guild room.

The play tells the tale of unrequited love inside the new leaf greenhouse and all the comedic hijinks that ensue. The butterfly club needs a place to host their garden party, a love potion is concocted and a talking flower named Archie comes to life in this clever comedy.

"We put together a spring comedy like this every year," said director and head of the Theatre Guild Amanda Priole. "They are usually lesser known short comedies that are mostly performed in high schools."

She said the cast that makes up the theatre guild is a selective group of extremely talented kids.

"The theatre guild is not one of those here today gone tomorrow type of clubs," she added. "The kids who join up are very dedicated and stay with us a long time."

Senior Emily Ilson, who plays the voice of  Archie, is one of those kids.

"This is my eighth production with the theatre guild," said Ilson. "High school would not have been the same without it. I've made some of my best friends in this club."

Ilson, who also plays the lead in many musical productions, used her loud and melodic voice to bring the flower to life.

Hannah Snyder was the hand that gave Archie movement.

"We are like one big family," said Snyder. "We put our heart and soul in every production we do."

The crowd couldn't have been more thrilled.

Eileen Carter, whose son Travis played greenhouse owner Fillmore Potts, said all the kids work really hard to put on a good show.

"I thought it was a wonderful performance by all the kids and I think it is a great thing for them to be involved in," Carter said.

Paula Hagerman April 14, 2011 at 02:11 AM
I went to see the Saturday show with my family and it was a great show. We all loved it very funny very talented young adults. My son Corey played a smaller role as customer No 2 but that was fine because he loves being in theatre. Great Job everyone!!!

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