IPHS Theatre Dept. to present winter comedy
The Iowa Park High School Theatre will present a winter comedy The Last Night of Ballyhoo Friday and Saturday at the IPHS Auditorium.
Written by Alfred Uhry, The Last Night of Ballyhoo will be presented at 6:30 p.m. each night. Admission is $8 for adults, and $5 for children, students, and seniors.
According to IPHS Theatre/Debate teacher Kelly Jo Scott, the fundraiser for the Theatre Department at IPHS is a must see.
The Last Night of Ballyhoo takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season.
Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Boo Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her dreamy, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala’s last chance to find a socially acceptable husband.
Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage — several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah’s opinion. Lala, however, is charmed by Joe and she hints broadly about being taken to Ballyhoo, but he turns her down.
This enrages Boo, and matters get worse when Joe falls for Lala’s cousin, Reba’s daughter, Sunny, home from Wellesley College for Christmas vacation.
Will Boo succeed in snaring a wealthy husband for her daughter? Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
Adolph Freitag: Jeremy Glebe
Boo Levy: Mikayla Kelmer
Joe Farkas: Corbin Smith
Lala Levy: Melaina Alexander
Reba Freitag: Abby Allen
Sunny Freitag: Chloe Ellison
Sylvan “Peachy” Weil: Ryan McIlroy
Stage Manager: Jordan Hyden
Assistant Stage Manager: Josh Witherspoon
Alternate: Bailey Merrifield
Lighting Technician: Zac Allen
Sound Technician: Savannah Teague
Set Crew: Brayden Wright