Northwest NEWS

February 22, 1999

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Special 'Picnic' to benefit Soaring to Scotland fund

Picnic cast

Cast members for Picnic include (back to front, left to right) Ian Tinker, Cassie Bishop, Willie LeVasseur, Nate Eddings, Beth White, Kari Solberg, Mick Lauer, Megan Henderson, and Brooke Martin. Proceeds from the Feb. 27 benefit dessert/performance will go to the Soaring to Scotland fund.
Photo by Alice Swartz.

   The Woodinville High School Theatre Company, under the direction of Hjalmer Anderson, is one of only 18 U.S. high school drama departments invited to participate in the American High School Theatre Festival at the prestigious Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 1999. WHS was the only Washington high school to earn this special honor after competing with over 400 nominated schools nationwide.

   To help raise money for the trip, the proceeds from the Feb. 27 performance of Picnic will benefit the Soaring to Scotland fund. Theatregoers that evening will enjoy coffee and gourmet desserts before the performance. A silent auction of vintage hats and dolls will also be held. The $17 benefit tickets for dessert and the show are available by pre-sale only and may be obtained by calling 481-3411.

   Other performances of Picnic are February 26 and March 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m.

   Set in Kansas in 1952, the play, written by William Inge, explores the universal mystery of love and the decisions that must be made in life. The action takes place in the adjoining yards of two middle-aged women. One is raising two daughters alone; the other is a widow living with her aging mother, and all are dealing with different issues of love.

   The cast includes Genah Lasby as Helen Potts, Mick Lauer as Hal Carter, Melanie Velo-Simpson as Millie Owens, Ian Tinker as Bomber, Brooke Martin as Madge Owens, Megan Henderson as Flo Owens, Kari Solberg as Rosemary Sydney, Nate Eddings as Alan Seymour, Cassie Bishop as Irma Kronkite, and Willie LeVasseur as Howard Bevans.

   Student director is Jacquee Decoto, Kristy Watson is the stage manager, and the set was designed by Kathryn Heilbrunn, Marita Gumbs, and Erin German.

   Tickets to see the performance only will be available at the door. Ticket prices are: students with ASB card, $5; general admission, $6. February 26 will be Date Night with two tickets for the price of one. March 5 is Seniors Night when high school and college seniors and senior citizens can purchase tickets for $4.