Kidnapping of English teacher focus of HCI Drama Club play

The Humboldt Collegiate Institute Drama Club has been waiting since the end of the last school year to perform their latest play.

The Ransom of Miss Elverna Dower is about two students who kidnap their English teacher in an effort to avoid writing a test. They do the deed, but nobody wants to pay the ransom – and the teacher forces them work on an assignment about famous kidnappings.

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Originally, the comedy was going to be performed towards the end of the school year, but the events of April 6 made the club decide to put it on hold.

“We just decided that we started this play last year, we’re going to finish this year,” said Jamie White, the director. “It’s a funny play, it’s a comedy. When we picked it last year, it was an upbeat, good, funny play that people would enjoy.”

Because there was a delay, there was an extra challenge to overcome

“We had to recast a few parts because some of the people that were in it last year graduated,” White said.

Also a challenge was getting the cast and crew of 30 students together to practice for the play.

The sets are made by the visual arts students and the concession is staffed by the band and choir.

“People should come because it is fun, it will make you laugh, it’s great to see the talent of our students in and around Humboldt and it’s just a light-hearted, fun-filled evening for some enjoyment,” White said.

There will be two showings of The Ransom of Miss Elverna Dower, Nov. 22 and 23 at 7pm at the Humboldt Collegiate Institute common area.

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