Written by Susan Solburg, WHS Drama Teacher Monday, 02 April 2012 16:50
When Wakulla High School Drama Director Susan Solburg began teaching and directing plays at Wakulla High in the late 80’s and early 90’s, she had problems finding plays with large enough casts to accommodate the many talented students she had trying out for productions.As a solution, she began to write her own plays as a way to get more students involved.
One of those plays, “Final Flick at the Flamingo”, roughly parallels her own high school years as it reminisces about the days of the Drive-In Movie Theatre and how it was the best teenage hang-out ever invented. The combination of movies, music, dancing, food and friendship all under the watchful eye of families, parking lot attendants, security personnel and snack stand owners made it a fun and safe environment for teenagers back in the day.
She first produced the show in 1993 and had a fabulous cast of characters to bring it to life. She would love to see as many of those former cast and crew members that might still be around come to the show. After many years a second production was held in 2002, again with a fabulous cast of characters who are also invited to come re-live the experience. One of her former students, Travis Herndon who played the character Rick Harley in the first show, came back to help. Travis, who is a professional stunt-man, actor and dancer, was an enormous help with the “physically demanding stage business” in the show. He reprised and re-wrote some scenes for Rick and once again the show was another great success.
This time around will probably be the last time the show will be produced and once again a former student and cast member is on board to help with the production. Cameron Ray, who played Slick in the 2002 cast, will now be Officer Lovell. He has been assisting with the same “physically demanding scenes” and trying to get the 35 young actors ready for the show’s opening night. If you’ve seen the show before, then come on back one more time and walk down memory lane. The movies, music and teenage angst will all be there along with the comedic moments provided by the multitude of memorable characters. The soundtracks from golden movies of the day, the fabulous music and the smell of popcorn will bring it all back to those of you who ever enjoyed a night at the Drive-In Movie Theatre.
Dramatis Personae would like to thank Mr. Freeman Pigott for once again so generously providing a “car body” for the show. How many of you in Wakulla County know that Mr. Pigott’s business sits on the site of the old Wakulla County Drive-In?
The show will open for STUDENTS ONLY on Thursday, April 12. The show opens to the public on Friday and Saturday, April 13th and 14th, at 7:30pm and again on Sunday, April 15th at 2:30pm. Doors open thirty minutes prior to curtain where tickets can be purchased. The cost for students is $4 and for adults $6. Refreshments will be sold at intermission.
WHAT: Spring Production “Final Flick at The Flamingo” by Susan Solburg
WHEN: April 12, 13, 14 and 15, 2012
WHERE: Wakulla High School Auditorium
TIME: Evening performances at 7:30pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Sunday Matinee at 2:30pm.
Thursday, April 12th is for Students Only
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