TILTON — The cast of Winnisquam Regional High School's drama club will present the hilarious evening of sketch comedy "A Thurber Carnival" by James Thurber, from Friday to Sunday, December 5 through 7. Curtain is at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Thurber was widely popular during the 40s, 50s and 60s. He is best known for his cartoons that appeared regularly in publications such as the New Yorker and several national newspapers. One of the most popular humorists of his time, Thurber celebrated the comic frustrations and eccentricities of ordinary people.
"A Thurber Carnival" is a compilation piece Thurber himself wrote and staged. It includes the very famous story of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" made popular again by the recent movie. Also, included are skits that poke fun at marriage, work, pets and social situations. They include titles like; "The Word Dance", "The Pet Dept.", "A Unicorn in the Garden", "Casual of the Keys", "Take Her Up Tenderly" and several more.
Working hard to bring these short glimpses of human experience to life are 40 kids from grades 9-12. Many have stage experience but several are brand new to the craft. The new drama director, Jessica Alward reports, "this is one of the most dedicated group of actors I have had the pleasure of working with. They are committed to the process and have brought some great ideas to the table in how to make these stories modern, pertinent and very very funny."
Ticket are available at the door and priced so the whole family can attend. All proceeds will go to help the kids put on a larger, musical production this coming spring.
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