The Lanphier High School Drama Club presented John Patrick’s The Curious Savage at The Legacy Theatre on Friday, April 27, Saturday the 28, and Sunday, April 29 from 7 P.M on Friday and Saturday and 2 P.M on Sunday, commissioned and overseen by the Drama Club’s director Mr. Loren Wilson.
The play presented the elderly widow, Mrs. Savage, played by Alexandra Arthur (12), as she had just inherited 10 million dollars from her loving husband. She intended to give the entire fortune away to people who wish to pursue their foolish dreams, but her stepchildren had other ideas. To prevent her from doing away with their family’s wealth and ruining their legacy, they had her committed to a sanatorium. It is there, among the gentle residents, that she found her true family.
Gripping performances consisted of Grace Daniels(12) as Florence, Baylon Elfgen(11) as Hannibal, Daniel Franklin(10) as Jeffrey, Morgan Mayberry(12) as Mrs. Paddy, A.J. Lehman-Dodd(10) as Titus, Ander Arthur(11) as Samuel, Riley York(12) as Lily Belle, Nia Tiller(11) as Miss Willie, and Sami Sutton(12) as Dr. Emmett.
Attendance for the play included 40 patrons the first night, 61 the second night, and 69 the third night. In total, the Drama department made $200 dollars from ticket sales. When asked as to how the play went from an actor’s point of view, Alexandra had the following to say:
“Overall, I think the play went very well,” the young actress began. “Attendance was slightly lower than in prior years, but all in all the actors all delivered stellar performances and the audience seemed very pleased and supportive. I had blue hair. Baylon had poofy hair and kinda looked like Bach. We all had a great time. It was awesome.”