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'Sheep' to hit the LP-A stage

On a roughed in stage, the Lake Park-Audubon students perform their first read-through without scripts. It's not quite the polished version audiences will see in a few weeks, but director Jim Hopkins is sure his crew will be ready for opening night.

Lake Park-Audubon students are performing "The White Sheep of the Family" by L. du Garde Peach and Ian Hay on Nov. 9-11.

Hopkins said his group of new-to-the-stage students -- only two are returning actors -- are performing the play about a family of crooks and one going straight for the love of a girl, who happens to be the daughter of the police commissioner. Obviously, this upsets the rest of the family members.

"There's the forgetful vicar (played by Ryan Jordan) who throws a few wrenches in because he can't remember who is whom," Hopkins said.

The "felonious comedy" is set in England, requiring all the cast to acquire a British accent.

"They are coming around," Hopkins said of his cast. "We still have a few Americans on stage, but they'll get it. They will definitely be ready (on opening night)."

In order to nail that accent...

"They've all been assigned British comedy on public television."

Besides Jordan, the cast includes Stephen Hilfer, Megan Sharp, Kassy Ryden and Bryce Luncle as the Winter family, Ruby Fagerlie as Angela Preston, Dylan Svobodny as Sam Jackson, Beau Svobodny as Richard and Lorin Ronken as Asst. Commissioner John Preston.

The group has made a few changes to the play, mostly cutting out the drinking and smoking that were prominent in 1950s, when the play takes place.

Hopkins said while the smoking and drinking references may add a little comedy in community theater, it's not needed.

The Lake Park-Audubon students are completely responsible for the show, Hopkins added. There are no parent volunteers; students run everything. He said he has no shortage of students wanting to participate either.

"I want them to know all the aspects," he said.

Students will be performing "The White Sheep of the Family" Nov. 9 and 10 at 7 p.m. in the high school theater, located in Lake Park. A dinner theater in on Nov. 11, beginning at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $3 per student and $5 for adults on Nov. 9-10, and $10 for the dinner theater on Nov. 11. They can be purchased at the high school (238-5916) or the elementary school (439-3302).