University High School will open its first fall play of the season, “Sweeney Todd,” on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The play tells the story of a wronged man’s overwhelming desire for revenge that ultimately leads to his own destruction.
The musical by Steven Sondheim will be considerably less violent than the film version and fake blood won’t be used, according to director Briane Green. Instead the performance will focus more on the theme of vengeance versus forgiveness. The play is not appropriate for young children.
Senior Jordan Taylor will play Sweeney Todd and Kylene Peden will play Mrs. Lovette. Other principal roles will be performed by Ross Mumford, Breanna Duffy, Nick Kim, Danny Bush, Jonathan Bademian and Ben Bartels. More than 40 students will be involved in the play.
Other performances at 7 p.m. will be Oct. 30 and Nov. 5, 6 and 7. A performance on Oct. 31 will begin at 6 p.m., and the audience is encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Tickets are $8.
Thirty students in DECA and the Future Business Leaders of America at Central Valley High School recently spent a day completing the challenge rope course at YMCA Camp Reed. The course emphasizes team work by focusing on communication and problem-solving. Students also polished their leadership and decision making skills.
Participating students included Seth Grener, Cobi Guerrinha, Joseph Guerrinha, Anna Rosen, Tanner Markham, Delaney Fisher, Keindra Reilly, Roni Dringle, Kurt Beck, Evan Grinalds, Troy Smith, Haley Owens, Courtney Stokebary, Devrick Barnett, Nate Hommel, Amanda Stevenson, Brandon Black, Beth Hotchkiss, Chase Montgomery, Savannah Rutter, Rachel Saxby, Noel Neumann, Desiree Bernhard, Michelle Fomin, Spencer Stephenson, Amanda Hartman, Jerod Dannatt, Jordan Jalbert, Michael Barnhart and Justine Smith.
It’s all about food at the annual Fall Festival at Trent Elementary from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Parents and students will be able to taste different varieties of apples and vote on their favorite.
Local farmers will be there to talk about how they harvest crops and there will be a display of unusual fruits and vegetables available for tasting. The Second Harvest Food Bank will also be distributing food to anyone who needs it.
The school is at 3303 N. Pines Road.
East Valley High School will present A Knight at the Auction at 6:30 p.m. next Saturday at the school, 15711 E. Wellesley. The silent and live auction will benefit the school’s sports teams and activity clubs, which are hosting the fifth annual event.
Items up for bid include front-row graduation tickets, a day boat trip, a prom package, firewood, landscaping, a Cougar football helmet and more. Refreshments will be served. Admission will be $5 at the door.
For more information, call (509) 927-3200.