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JHS Drama presents 'The Curious Savage' Nov. 17-18

If you go What: "The Curious Savage," performed by Jamestown High School Drama When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18 Where: Jamestown High School Auditorium Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for students, available at the door Rrr The stud...

Nick Martenson, left, Jordan Montgomery and Emma Bennett rehearse a scene from "The Curious Savage" Monday at Jamestown High School. Chris Olson / The Sun
Nick Martenson, left, Jordan Montgomery and Emma Bennett rehearse a scene from "The Curious Savage" Monday at Jamestown High School. Chris Olson / The Sun

If you go

What: "The Curious Savage," performed by Jamestown High School Drama

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18

Where: Jamestown High School Auditorium

Tickets: $6 for adults, $4 for students, available at the door

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The students who make up Jamestown High School Drama swear that "The Curious Savage" is a comedy.

The play is set in the 1950s and follows Ethel P. Savage. Mrs. Savage inherits $10 million from her deceased husband and proceeds to spend it as she sees fit, much to the chagrin of her stepchildren. In a scheme to get their father's money, the stepchildren get Mrs. Savage committed to a hospital for the mentally ill.

The play, which is directed by Anthony McIntyre, who teaches English, creative writing and drama at JHS, has a cast of 25 students. McIntyre said he chose the play because he wanted a comedy that provided the students really fun things to do.

"There are several memorable characters who help to create this zany world," he said.

While the roles are challenging for the students, the play has been fun to put together, McIntyre said.

"We've been working hard to provide a fun night of entertainment for our audience to enjoy," he said.

Rory Cole is a junior and plays Mrs. Savage. Cole said one of the things she likes about her character is Mrs. Savage accepts everybody and "just rolls with it."

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"It's so hard to find anyone like that," she said. "I love the way she acts around people, the way she just accepts these mentally ill people and doesn't try to change them."

Nick Mortenson plays Titus Savage, who along with Lily Belle Savage, played by Emma Bennett, are the stepchildren trying to get their father's money away from Mrs. Savage. Mortenson said his character has a very large story arc through the play, but ultimately doesn't become more accepting of his stepmother's behavior at the end of the play.

"He does go through changes, you see his frustration with the situation," he said.

Cole said this play is her favorite so far being part of Jamestown High School Drama. She said the characters are "so wild and perfect."

Mortenson said people should come see the play because it will be a fun night out.

"There is a bit of physical humor," he said. "There are some jokes hidden within the play that you might have to come out for the second night and see it again."

Cole said people should see the play because it shows the challenges of mental illness without making a joke of it, while the characters are hilarious.

"It's a fun, fun play to come out and see ," she said.

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