Laughter is the best medicine and The Comedy Academy is giving audiences a much needed dose of nature’s most natural cure.
In a play written by Harry M. Bagdasian and Liam Brennan, HeHEE! or “What? It’s Not Glee?” centers around a group of high school “misfits” who are always in detention. In a bold move, detention gets replaced with an experimental program. For three days a week after school for twelve weeks, these students will have to participate in a Comedy Club. At the end of the twelve weeks, they will be required to perform a comedy show to be presented to the entire school.
‘HeHEE!’ is a play tailor-made for this cast.
Principal Bryson Doyche (Austen Villemez) assigns shop teacher, Hyrum Snickers (Jeffrey Rosen) to lead the club. ”You’re a weak-kneed, gutless wonder and those kids are hard-core screw-ups,” says teacher, Tricia Fishman (Sara Mozersky) to Snickers who wants him and the students to fail.
The band of troubled students includes a baseball jock named Billy “Sky” Deltsky (Conor Brennan), an actress who is always late to class, Shelly Michaels (Maura Russell), Byron Gallagher (Liam Brennan) who is a goth, and Crissy Lasky (Anne Chernikoff) who likes to write. Completing the group is a transfer student from Burrows High, Lane Taylor (Miriam Finley), Terry Cradle (Erica Shortall) as the quiet geek, Albert Simpson (Jeffrey Hacker) who is a stoner, and finally Reese Allen (Peter Walderhaug) who can’t stop correcting people because ”People say dumb things and I go into ‘I must educate them’ mode.”
HeHEE! is a play tailor-made for this cast. Since the play revolves around the students rehearsing for a sketch comedy show, each cast member has a chance to shine. The script also gives each young actor a well-defined character, making it easy to appreciate all of the hard work that they put into each of their performances.
Running Time: 75 Minutes.
Advisory: Recommended for kids ages 13 & up.
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