April 28, 2011 in Washington Voices

Ferris to perform comedy ‘Harvey’

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Collin Skipper, Alia Thorpe and Liz Brouwer Wade star in “Harvey.”
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Ferris High School Theatre Arts will perform the comedy “Harvey,” beginning Wednesday in the Ferris Auditorium at 7 p.m. Performances will also be held May 5 and 6 and May 11 through 13 at 7 p.m.

The show is the story of Elwood Dowd, played by Collin Skipper, a good-natured but eccentric man whose best friend is an invisible 6 1/2-foot-tall white rabbit, much to the embarrassment of his sister, Veta, played by Alia Thorpe, who attempts to have Elwood committed to a sanitarium. Through a series of misunderstandings, Veta is committed. Once the doctors realize their mistake, they try to convince Elwood to take an injection that will make him “normal,” but by the end of the play, at least two others have seen Harvey and realize that Elwood’s version of reality is not so bad.

Other cast members include Cara Reidy, Jake Sanders, Mitch Heid, Austin Sheehan, Jacob Newell, Liz Brouwer-Wade, Molly Birch, Alex Greer, Devon Shreiber and Ashlee Karras.

Tickets are $5 per person in advance and $7 per person at the door. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Ferris business office at (509) 354-6006 or from a cast or crew member.

Door prizes will be awarded at each performance and a silent auction will be hosted by the Ferris Parent Booster Club.

Bring books for bus

Seniors at Mead and Mt. Spokane high schools are once again going above and beyond for their senior project, working to fill the bus for kids in need who love to read.

Students will host the second annual Fill The Bus Children’s Book Blitz on Saturday at Riverfront Park. The bus will be parked next to the historic Looff Carrousel and, according to a press release from MHS, the students aren’t planning on going home until the bus is full of new and gently used children’s books. The donated books will be delivered to the Success by Six book bank, which distributes books to kids in need in Spokane County.

The book drive is perfect for Bloomies picking up Bloomsday registration packets or park visitors. The 2010 drive was well received by the Spokane community and resulted in more than 5,300 books collected.

Over Easter weekend, students from Mt. Spokane began the “Fill The Bus” spirit with a food drive at Yoke’s Fresh Market. The students collected a total of 4,164 pounds for the Mead Food Outlet.

‘HONK!’ at LC

Lewis and Clark High School Tiger Drama will perform “HONK!” in the LC Auditorium, beginning next Thursday and running through May 7 at 7 p.m.

The musical is based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling” and tells the tale of the unusual- looking baby duck, Ugly, played by Danny Palomba, and his journey to find his mom. Not long after Ugly is born, a deceptive Cat, played by Keyonna Knight, lures him away from his mom, with the idea that he’s going to eat him for dinner. Ugly escapes but cannot find his way home. Eventually, in his search for her, his mother Ida, played by Emily Puckett, finds him. In the end, Ugly finds beauty, love and acceptance.

Other cast members include Jon O’Grady,Katie May,Mary Ormsby, Phoibe Purcell and Madison Rasmussen.

Tickets are $8 per person and may be purchased at the door.

For more informatio, visit www.tigerdrama.com.

Student art benefit

Spokane Public Schools high school artists will have an opportunity to show off their talent at the Rockin’ Art benefit show on May 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.

The fundraiser will include live music from The 8 Tracks and a silent auction featuring works of art by local students, art teachers and local artists. No-host soft drinks, wine, beer, cocktails, and snacks will also be available.

Suggested donation is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the door or at www.spokane schoolsfoundation.org.

Proceeds will benefit the Spokane Public Schools Foundation, which supports student learning and school programs.

For more information call Jessie Bekken at (509) 999-0405 or email mjbekken@netscape.net.

LC selling flowers

Seniors at Lewis and Clark High School are tempting spring with their Senior All-Nighter Spring Plant Sale fundraiser.

The locally grown flowers will support the graduating LC students.

The sale includes geraniums in five colors, fuchsia shade baskets and Victorian sun baskets. The order deadline is Saturday and the pickup for pre-orders is May 7.

Plants will be available from noon to 4 p.m. under the freeway across from the LC Fieldhouse. Participants can have their car washed while they pick up their plants. Proceeds from the car wash will benefit the LC band and orchestra.

To order plants and for more information, visit www.lcseniors.org, call Leslie Baker at (509) 939-7828 or email iwaibaker@msn.com.


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