Fayette students planning dinner theatre 3.26

Written by David Green.

Fayette’s high school drama students are taking on a new endeavor April 4. First, dinner; then the play.

The event is scheduled at the Opera House for about 55 guests.

The dinner theater program kicks off at 6 p.m. April 4 with dinner and musical entertainment provided by the Musical Theater class and a few school choir members.

After the meal, guests will head upstairs for the presentation of a one-act play called “Cards, Cups and a Crystal Ball.”

The play is about three fortune-telling sisters who go from frauds to fame after meeting a mysterious woman who needs to know the future right away.

Due to space limitations in the Opera House for the dinner, seating is limited. Tickets will be on sale through Friday. The cost is $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students.

Fayette music teacher Kelly Barkhimer is curious to see how ticket sales go for this first try at dinner theater.

“If we have a full house,” she said, “we will be looking forward to doing two or more performances next year.”

Mrs. Barkhimer was a performer at the Opera House when her college singing group made a visit a few years ago, and now she’s interested in getting Fayette students on the stage more often. She recently met with members of the Fayette Arts Council.

“We would like students to get more involved in the Fayette Opera House,” she said. “We feel it’s a special part of the community and its history.”

She was surprised to learn that some of her elementary school children aren’t aware of the showplace and have never been inside.

She thinks one good way to get students involved with the facility is to have them serve as ushers at Opera House events.

She’s looking forward to scheduling more school events in the venue next year.

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