A mixture of veteran and new Mount Airy Library Dewey Decimal Players held their last dress rehearsal for the play “How to Make Friends and Monsters” on Wednesday afternoon.
The play proves that a simple friend made out of “wonder Putty” can get very complicated.
A July 29 evening performance has been set to allow more of the general public to see the show with the curtain set to go up at 6:30 p.m. Two additional shows will be performed on July 31 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. as part of the library summer reading program. All of the performances are free.
The library is also set hold its young actors drama camp Aug. 4-8 for children age 7 to 18 years beginning at 1 p.m. daily. There is no charge for the camp, which features theater games to get young performers introduced to the basics of stagecraft and performance.
According to director Angela Llewellyn, the plot revolves around Dolly Madison Middle School science genius and “geek” Howard Boward, who takes his mother’s how to manual on making friends in a different direction than she intended.
Broward, played by Jonathan Carpenter, and his assistant, Reynolds Pipkins (William Carpenter) create Franklin Stine (played by Randy Simmons) when the creature is brought to life as a gob of Wonder Putty bounces off an electric light. Stine becomes a better human in some ways than his creator and propels the former geek into a social climber at the school.
The young creator must choose between being one of the popular students or be true to himself and his creation. Olivia Jessup plays Pookie, a female monster; Ricky Lineberry is Josh the bully, Autumn Eldridge will play Crystal, the cheerleader; Walker Hall is stick, Madeline Gammons is Boward’s only school ally, Winnie McKinney and Madison Mallory is Steevil.
Lewellyn complemented the efforts of former Dewey, Lesley Watts, who is in charge of makeup for the production and is now a member of the NoneSuch players. Stage manager Courtney Busick’s efforts were also praised by Lewellyn. Busick serves as stage manager, runs sound and also performs some bit parts in the production.
“This is the first time we have done a Dewey production with a stage manager,” Lewellyn said. “Courtney was more interested in the technical side. She has been my right hand gal and has even ran a few rehearsals.” She said the play also ranks as one of the longest and most dialogue intense shows the young actors has staged and said she is delighted with the result.
David Broyles may be reached at 336-415-4739 or on twitter@MtAiryNewsDave.