South Tahoe High School production of Neil Simon’s Rumors opens Thursday |

South Tahoe High School production of Neil Simon’s Rumors opens Thursday

Sebastian Foltz
A spoof on the murder mystery genre, South Tahoe High School's production of Neil Simon's "Rumors" opens Thursday, March 24.
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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — With final dress rehearsals underway, the South Tahoe High School spring production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” is set to open this Thursday, March 24. Shows will take place March 24-26 and April 1-2 at 7 p.m. in the high school’s TADA Theatre.

“I love ‘Noises off’ by Michael Frayn and I was looking for something similar,” school drama program director Nannette Niven said of the choice. “It’s a fast-paced farce.”

“It’s kind of a murder mystery except no one’s dead,” senior actor Hunter Turney said. “It’s funny. I think it’s going to be a good show.”

Turney described the final performance for her and her fellow seniors as “bittersweet.”

“I feel a part of not just the cast, but it’s like a family,” she said.

Satirizing the mystery genre, the play is set in the late 1980s in the home of fictional New York deputy mayor Charlie Brock and his wife Myra. Guests arrive for the couple’s 10th anniversary to find Charlie shot and Myra missing — rumors and speculation ensue.

“No one is sure of what is going on,” Niven said, describing the plot. “They’re almost never sure of what’s going on until the final moments of the play.”

“I really like it,” junior Zane Brady said.

Brady played the prince in the school’s production of Cinderella earlier in the school year.

“It’s challenging,” he said of the pace and extensive dialogue in the current production. “It’s definitely different. You really have to have chemistry with your other actors.”

The play stars Turney, Brady, Kiva McCollum, Ivy Alvarez, Tyler Martin, Ian Sielsch, Caroline Krolicki, Trae Vincent, L.C. Chappell and Sophie Caputa.

“It’s very much an ensemble cast,” Niven said, describing eight characters with large roles. “It gives the actors a great opportunity for performance.”

The play also features an impressive two-story set built by the students under the direction of Niven’s husband Drake.

“The set is gorgeous. I love it,” Turney said. “It’s one of my favorite sets I’ve ever had.”

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students 18 and under. The play is recommended for middle-school aged children and up.

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