BHS Drama Club's '45 Plays for 45 Presidents'
The Batavia High School Drama Club will present its newest play tonight called "45 Plays for 45 Presidents."
It starts at 7 p.m. and will also be performed Saturday at that time. There's a matinee Sunday at 2 o'clock.
"Basically the play is exactly how it sounds; one scene for each of our 45 presidents," said Caryn Leigh Wood, musical and drama director. "It is considered experimental, historical, comedy and has some really interesting content."
A total of 25 students in grades 9-12 are in the production.
"Every cast member has multiple roles, so the group dynamic is really important to the overall flow of the show," Wood said. "The student must really work hard to weave each of the scenes together, making it truly an ensemble piece. There isn't one single lead role."
The play does not attempt to merely impersonate each of the 45 presidents; it's not written so that the actors are trying to mimic them, according to Wood.
Rather, the president in each scene is represented through the symbol of the "presidential coat" that is passed from one scene to the next. There are some points in the show that the coat is not even worn by a person, but handled in such a way as to symbolize the president in that scene.
"45 Plays for 45 Presidents" is performed in the black box format, the same format as in the past. Seating is limited.
Be advised the play is not intended for children under age 13.
Tickets in advance are $9 and available here. At the door, they are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The school is located at 260 State St. in the City of Batavia.