New Prairie Theatre Company presented, “That’s the Spirit.” A play with a phone call from the beyond, coyotes howling and a character masquerading as lamp created an evening full of laughter for the audience.
Each character had a BIG personality and a different accent. At one point in the show, it was complete chaos and you were left hanging wondering who actually committed the murder.
The cast was made up of New Prairie students and was directed by New Prairie Senior, Abigail Hooton.
Theatre teacher, Kortney Brennan said, “In all my years of teaching, I have never had a student director. Abi was the perfect student for my first. She is amazing!”
Here is a recap of the play and cast members.
It’s hilarious, escapist fun, a spooky puzzle and an entertaining whodunit! Psychic Jenny Davenport (Jaclyn Kosinski/Mattison Ellman) is murdered at a lodge that once belonged to The Great Marvel, a famed “Illusionist.”
Who should turn up as the investigator but another dingy psychic, Claire Voyant (Kylie Dillon), who solicits the help of a bunch of weirdos: Bella Donna (Kayla Brown) and her nasty ventriloquist dummy, Chester; Anne Boleyn (Ally Pinter), who has a terrible fear of axes; and Ernst Slater (Jaclyn Kosinski/Mattison Ellman), the lady with the x-ray eyes.
Toss in some bumbling police (Alayna Holifield and Colin Nichols), a fish-out-of-water niece (Haley Benner), a crazed hermit (Braxton Bolka), a walking lampshade (Sam Wilcox), and a ham actor (Tim Gall), and the results are a hysterically funny, genuinely scary one-of-a-kind lampoon.
(Description from samuelfrench.com)
JENNY DAVENPORT - Mattison Ellman/Jaclyn Kosinski
RUBY - Madison Michael
IRENE LOCKWOOD - Haley Benner
WAYNE HOPKINS - Tim Gall
CHARLOTTE PRINDLE - Alayna Holifield
BUD FRAZER - Colin Nichols
SCOTTY NELSON - Sam Wilcox
BELLA DONNA - Kayla Brown
ANNE BOLEYN - Ally Pinter
JUAN - Braxton Bolka
ERNST SLATER - Mattison Ellman/Jaclyn Kosinski
VICTORIA GREENSTREET - Clara Hooton
Director: Abi Hooton
A big thanks to the New Prairie Fine Arts department, Mr. Dettinger and NPHS staff.