PHS Amph-Rats to present ‘Good Doctor’


THE WRITER, PLAYED by Justin Schmitz (top), looks on as other cast members, including (middle row, left to right) Adam Carbaugh, Sydney Tackes, Dillon Nemitz, (front row) Lizzie Riley and Matthew Klemm, re-enact a scene from “The Sneeze.” — Submitted photo THE WRITER, PLAYED by Justin Schmitz (top), looks on as other cast members, including (middle row, left to right) Adam Carbaugh, Sydney Tackes, Dillon Nemitz, (front row) Lizzie Riley and Matthew Klemm, re-enact a scene from “The Sneeze.” — Submitted photo Plymouth High School drama students will present the delightfully funny play "The Good Doctor" from April 12 to 15.

Each semester, the Independent Study Advanced Acting Class, also known as the Amph- Rats Acting Company, presents a previously published play and an original work. This semes- ter's original work will be presented May 11 and 12.

"The Good Doctor" was written by Neil Simon, who has penned more than 30 plays and more than 30 screenplays and, to date, has received more Tony and Oscar nominations than any other writer. Some of his more popular works include "The Odd Couple"; "Lost in Younkers," for which he won a Pulitzer Prize; and the screenplay for "The Goodbye Girl."

"The Good Doctor" presents a series of comedic sketches inspired by Anton Chekov's many short stories. The script is a mixture of Simon's famous biting satire and Chekov's masterfully crafted story writing.

The narrator of the play (Justin Schmitz) is also the writer of these stories, and he periodically participates as one of the featured characters. The setting is turn-of-the-20th-century Russia, where audiences will meet the humorously humiliated sneezer (Deklan Solonika), a pitiful governess (Lizzie Riley) under the command of a tyrannical employer (Sydney Tackes), a highly distraught banker (Matthew Klemm), and a doctor-to-be (Quinn Zwick).

Other PHS acting students - including Mitch Arnold, Adam Carbaugh, Michael Krusiec and Dillon Nemitz - portray several parts in this addictively funny play.

Theatre Design and Technology students have put together the lighting, sets, props, and costumes for this production. The stage crew includes Isabell Gangano, Matthew Klemm, Mikalea Pingel, Jenna Myers, Dillon Nemitz, Lizzie Riley, Jaxsen Schermacher, Anne Sedlacek, George Sember, and Deklan Solonika.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14, with a matinee at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in the Amphitheatre at the school, 125 Highland Ave. General admission tickets are $5 and are available at the door and in the PHS office from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. the week of the show.

To learn more, contact PHS English and drama teacher Janet DeJean Newton at (920) 893-6911.


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