‘Our Miss Brooks’ returns to SHHS stage

Sean C. Morgan

Sweet Home High School will present “Our Miss Brooks” in performances Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the auditorium.

The school last presented the play in 2008. The comedy is an adaptation of the 1940s radio show and 1950s TV series of the same name.

It revolves around a school play in which the school’s star basketball player backs out on his team to take the leading role. The daughter of the school board president reads her lines so poorly that Miss Brooks controversially gives the role to a nobody with real talent.

“We were looking for something comedic,” said Director Alain Brown. The play follows a production earlier this year of “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a serious and tragic true story set in World War II.

The comedy will balance the tone of “Anne Frank,” he said. “We were looking for something comedic. It’s a cool little play too. There’s a lot of good roles for kids.”

Auditions drew a lot of young women, Brown said, and the play has plenty of female roles.

“I had good actors for the parts in the play,” he said. With early sign-ups he had a good idea who was interested. prior to selecting the script.

“Today’s going to be our first full run-through,” Brown said Wednesday last week, and it seems to be going well.

This will be the first time the high school presents a play on a Saturday night, he said. He is hoping it will draw a larger audience from the community.

The cast includes Maddee Hawken as Miss Brooks, Alexis Johnson as Miss Finch, Hunter Olheiser as Hugo Longaacre, Sarcon Majors as Mr. Wadsworth, Edward Porria as Mr. Audubon, Sydney Hooley as Elsie, Hailey Trew as Elaine, Megan Oberg as Jane, Isabelle Stratman as Sylvia, Meagan Grajeda as Doris, Annalee McIntosh as Marge, Melissa Evans as Faith, Sophia Brown as Rhonda, Tyler Burch as Ted, Ty Gruwell as Stanley, Kelsie Jackson as Martin and Keisha Goble as Mrs. Allen. Corbitt Sanders is serving as stage manager.

The public is invited to performances at 7 p.m. each night. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for seniors and students and $10 for families.

For more information, call the high school at (541) 367-7145.