PHS drama presents a comedy of manners
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Christian Arestegui Barba and Sam De Leon rehearse a scene of ‘The Dining Room’ Feb. 4 at the Clara Johnson Memorial Auditorium. ----Tori Scoles/Courtesy Photo
Christian Arestegui Barba and Sam De Leon rehearse a scene of ‘The Dining Room’ Feb. 4 at the Clara Johnson Memorial Auditorium. ----Tori Scoles/Courtesy Photo
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‘The Dining Room’

 WHEN: Feb. 15, 16, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Doors open 30 minutes before show time.

 WHERE: Clara Johnson Memorial Auditorium, 200 N. Seventh St.

 COST: $7 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

 INFO: Tori Lee Scoles, 499-9363

Patterson High School’s drama department proudly presents a comedy of manners as they portray a variety of social statures in A.R. Gurney’s ‘The Dining Room.’ Opening week begins Saturday evening, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Clara Johnson Memorial Auditorium, 200 N. 7th St.

‘The Dining Room’ takes place, where else, in a rich and luxurious dining room, where the play follows characters who are provoked by the changing times, changing attitudes and changing relationships centered around the dining room table.

Drama instructor and mentor Tori Scoles said the two major themes surrounding the play center upon the upper and lower class hierarchy (much like Downtown Abbey), and the conflicts between parents and children.

“Each student has more than one character, more than one part,” said Scoles. “This means they have to stretch to make sure not only do they understand the character they are playing, but also that each character is different and distinct from the one before. It has been a great joy watching the students understand this and make the characters come alive on stage.”

Scoles also said four PHS students are utilizing the play as part of their PREP project, an exit obligation in order to fulfill graduation requirements.

Senior Elena Gonzalez will showcase her directorial debut this weekend in Patterson, although has had plenty of practice due to competing in the Lenea Theatre Festival last week. Gonzalez said she approached Scoles last year about directing a play and was excited for the chance to work with Scoles intimately.

Gonzalez learned a few tricks from Scoles, including how to choose a play that would be suited for the local theatre hub.

“Miss Scoles chose ‘The Dining Room’ because it has small scenes,” said Gonzalez, “so it was easier to work with small groups and set up how they interacted. It has been a great (and at times) stressful experience, but I am grateful for each moment of it.”

For Kevin Lemus and Lorena Jasso, the play was a chance to learn more about acting.

“It is a very dimensional play,” said Jasso. “It has allowed us to showcase our diverse styles! I’m glad to be a part of it.”

Fellow senior Alex Robertson has acted in many productions at PHS over the years, but choose instead to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes. For the first time in his drama career, Robertson choose the daunting task of stage managing for his PREP project.

Scoles said she was incredibly proud of all the students who dedicated their time into the theatre program and awaits more eager directors, stage managers and actors for next year’s PREP Project.

Contact Brooke Borba at 892-6187, ext. 24 or brooke@pattersonirrigator.com.
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