Raytown High School's spring production of “The Nerd” by Larry Shue is 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Raytown High School, 6608 Raytown Road. Admission is $4 for students with ID, $6 in advance and $7 at the door.


For more information, call 816-268-7300.

 

Liz Conant, theater director at Raytown High School. Raytown’s spring production of “The Nerd” by Larry Shue is 7 p.m. today and Saturday at Raytown High School, 6608 Raytown Road. Admission is $4 for students with ID, $6 in advance and $7 at the door.

For more information, call 816-268-7300.

1 What is “The Nerd” about?
“The Nerd” chronicles the story of Willum, whose life is saved during the Vietnam war. When Willum finally encounters the man who saved his life, he finds the man is a hopeless nerd who turns his life upside down.

2 How have the students done in the preparation for this play?
It has been a great process. I have such a talented cast of students that work hard and create such funny characters. Usually with every show you encounter a few bumps along the way, but that has not been the case with this show, it has gone quite smoothly.

3 Why did you choose “The Nerd” for the spring production?
I chose this play because it is such a funny story, it sends a great message, and I knew it would challenge the students in comic timing, prop usage and character development. I like to chose shows that the students will have fun working on, while at the same time learning from the experience.

4 What has been the biggest challenging with this theater production?
Props. There is so many. There is about 100 of props needed for this show, especially some that are even hard to find, along with food that has to be eaten by the actors on stage. I have three students working on props, and they are constantly placing props, making food and creating prop sounds. This show is challenging with all the props involved, but the students really pull together and do such a great job with such difficult tasks.

5 What excites you most about opening night?
We work on the show for six weeks, Monday through Friday, from 2:30 to 5 p.m., opening night is always exciting because it is a showcase for all the hard work and dedication that the cast and crew put forth on the show, and it’s all about them getting to share that with an audience for the first time. There is nothing like the first night, with live theatre, no performance is exactly the same, so opening night is always special.

Cast Members:
Willum: Will Wallace
Rick: Josh Ellison
Axel: Joe Farrand
Tansy: Alex Accurso
Waldgrave: Jarrett Gardner
Clelia: Emily Carney
Thora: Shannon Bowers
Assistant Director: Tyler Patterson
Stage Manager: Sally Farrand