Morenci school play 12.10.08

Written by David Green.

A modern day twist on the gifts of the Magi comes to the stage at Morenci Area High School in performances scheduled tonight and Saturday. The Saturday showing also includes the option of a dinner before the play.

First-year teacher Brandi Boswell volunteered to serve as drama director and she has a mostly rookie cast of actors willing to try their hand in the school play.

“The Three Gifts” involves three boys who get in trouble for stealing Halloween candy. A judge sentences the trio (Adam Barnett, James Wright and Phoenix Duncan) to work in a women’s crisis center where they come in contact with a pair of children (Hayli Cox and third grade student Brandon Cox).

In the end, the boys learn the value of serving others and they each realize a gift they have to give.

“It’s difficult to find a seasonal play,” Ms. Boswell said. “We’re limited by the size of our stage and by funding. With what we have, I think this will be a good show and a good one to hear right before Christmas. The audience should enjoy it.”

Other cast members are Levi Hoffman, an attorney and father of one of the boys; Naomi Hoffman, an attorney; Tequoia Jarrell, the judge; Barbara Hollstein, the mother of the two children; and Loren Delmonico, the father of a boy.

Other children at the women’s center are played by Azaan, Antonio and Tahjanay Jarrell and Walker Whitehouse.

Tickets for the showings at 7 p.m. tonight and at 6:30 p.m. Saturday sell for $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.

For those attending the spaghetti dinner Saturday, the suggested donation is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The meal will be served by members of the Art and Drama clubs. Tickets must be purchased in advance by Thursday. Call the school at 458-7502 for dinner reservations.

Art Club members will serve “art dessert” to finish off the meal.

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