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In the spotlight: More the merrier for Dalton’s fall play



Tickets $10 at the door; or reserved online ( in advance with money dropped off at the school office.

DALTON They’re no strangers to the stage, but most of the actors in Dalton High School’s “Bend, Tear and Spindle” are making their lead role debuts this weekend. Only three on the stage are seniors.

Despite the continued pandemic and a young cast, the Drama Dawgs are pulling it off beautifully. Both the cast and crew have been working hard to put together a fall production that is sure to elicit chuckles from the audience and keep theatergoers wanting more. After all, the more the merrier, right? Except when it comes to Harry and Joan Brice who are interested in fostering children. The premise of the play is about a couple that gets more than they bargained for.

The play, by Lloyd Sylvesper, and directed by Robin Evans-DelCiappo stars junior Nolan Miller as Harry Brice, senior Molly Soehnlen as Joan Brice, and fellow senior Vanessa Swartzentruber as Aunt Addie. Callie Jones plays Josephine Pender and Aaron Miller is Mr. Blankenship.

Each foster child that is introduced lights up the stage with their unique personalities. This comedy is fun for the whole family. Foster children are played by: Enten Guster, Marley Clark, Savannah Wenger, Brendan Lehman, Ava Nussbaum, Analeia Hershberger, Matea Martinez, and Marissa Crawford, who is the third senior on the cast.

Megan Hostetler is the stage manager and Madison Farlow is the stage crew chief. Stage crew and costumes are: Abigail Farlow, Hallie Starkey, Josslyn Reynolds, Hudson Saxer, and Emma West. Prop master is Ely Hutson. Light and sound technicians are Sean Geiser, Alex Hess, and Tristan Turner.

Tickets are available at the door for $10 and can be reserved in advance through a link available at Money can be dropped off in advance at the high school office. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Senior citizens are welcome to a special performance 9 a.m. Thursday but breakfast will not be served as in previous years because of continued COVID concerns.

More local shows
After you watch the Drama Dawgs, check out a couple other local performances:
* “It’s a Wonderful Life: Live Radio Show” directed by Christa Wolf is presented by Kidron Community Historical Society in partnership with Orrville Community Theater at 7 p.m. Dec. 10 and 11 and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 at Sonnenberg Village at the outskirts of Kidron, 13497 Hackett Road, Apple Creek. Tickets can be reserved by calling Sharon at 330-466-7439. $10 for adults, $7 for 18 and younger.
* “Madrigal Feast” has returned after five years. Central Christian Varsity Singers directed by Tim Shue present music and feasting at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at Salem Mennonite Church, 3363 Zuercher Road, Dalton. Meal provided by Village Catering of Smithville. Seating is limited and tickets are $50. Call 330-857-7311 or email mainoffice

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