Jackson High stages Neil Simon’s ‘Rumors’

MILL CREEK — The Henry M. Jackson High School Theatre Society is set to perform its spring play.

Performances of the show, “Rumors” by Neil Simon are scheduled at 7 tonight, Saturday and March 15-17 at the high school. The show opened on Thursday night.

The play begins with a group of wealthy New York residents who are getting together for an anniversary party. They discover the owner of the home, who is the deputy mayor of New York City, has shot himself in the ear. That leads guests to piece together why the event occurred while hiding it from police and press.

“It’s a Neil Simon farce so there are a lot of doors slamming and a lot of people yelling,” said senior Stephen Bartlett. “The entire play is about them trying to figure out what actually happened.”

The cast consists of 10 student actors. Stephen, 17, plays character Leonard Ganz, a wise-cracking accountant. Zoe Lamus, the other senior in the show, plays the role of Cookie Cusack, a television cooking show host.

“She’s kind of crazy, kind of spacey,” said Zoe, 17. “She’s kind of the one person who isn’t really a big part of covering things up.”

The cast started rehearsals for their performances in early January, play director and drama club adviser Brian Marshall said.

“We chose it because we wanted to do something that is fast-paced and fun and that audiences would just dive right into,” Marshall said. “I thought it would a great experience for the kids to explore farcical comedy.”

Exactly what happened may never be sorted out by the characters in the play, Bartlett said. He expects audiences will enjoy the performances.

“It should be high energy and a lot of fun,” Stephen said. “We should be pretty darn funny, and it should be a good time.”

Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.

If you go

The Henry M. Jackson High School Theatre Society is set to perform the play “Rumors” by Neil Simon at 7 tonight, Saturday, and March 15-17 at the high school, 1508 136th St. SE. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and general admission tickets cost $7.

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