LHS Theatre Arts staging Inherit the Wind

LACONIA — Laconia High School Theatre Arts will present the classic play "Inherit the Wind" at the school's Piper Auditorium tonight and tomorrow, Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 26.

Written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, "Inherit the Wind" is a fictionalized account of the famous "Scopes Monkey Trial". In the story, science teacher Bertram Cates, portrayed by Sebastian Huot, is jailed for violating a Tennessee State Law prohibiting the teaching of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. The case sets up a titanic clash between two of the greatest attorneys in America, the traditionalist orator and presidential candidate Matthew Harrison Brady (Taylor Gagne), and the folksy agnostic Henry Drummond (John Hammond).

In response to the case all of the townsfolk, led by the town's minister, Rev. Brown (Denis Zecevic) turn out to see their hero, Brady, who prosecutes Cates in order to defend the Biblical account of the creation. An issue comes to the forefront however, when the minister's daughter, Rachel (Brittney Pond), falls love with the beleaguered teacher, and is torn by divided loyalties. Cates is represented by Drummond, who has been hired by the Baltimore Herald reporter E.K. Hornbeck (Ashlee Neylon), the cynical critic of everyone and everything.

The story builds to a dramatic courtroom confrontation between Brady and Drummond that leaves everyone stunned, and leaves the audience to question not only the value of science and progress, but the power of tradition.

Some people may find the show controversial, but in the end, there's a balance to the two views. "Some people may not realize it, but while this show takes place in the 1920s, the creationism versus evolution debate is still alive in many parts of this country. So this show is as fresh and relevant as the day it was written," said the Director, Bernie Campbell.

The actors have been preparing since the beginning of school year for the show, and have persevered through adversity. "We had to change one of our lead actors about two weeks ago," Campbell added. "But I dare you to figure out which one."

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

For more information call Bernie Campbell at 524-3350, ext. 4616.