Willsboro Drama Club set to perform 'Rabbit Hole'

WILLSBORO-The Willsboro Drama Club is proud to present "Rabbit Hole," a play by David Lindsay-Abaire, April 1-3 at the Willsboro Central School Auditorium.

Friday's and Saturday's performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's performances will be at 2 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start time.

Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer-Prize, "Rabbit Hole" currently stars Annie-Laurie Lemieux as Becca and Christian Ford as Howie. Additional cast members include Cheryl Olson as Becca's overbearing mother, Nat; Anna Daly as Izzy; and Corey Wheet as Jason, the boy who accidently killed their son.

"It was students from my college-level theater class who fell in love with the piece last year," Director Derrick A. Hopkins says. "So, I'm hoping that students will come out and truly appreciate the play in performance. Plus, one of their own, Anna Daly has stepped out of her comfort zone of musicals to tackle the demands of the play. Willsboro Central School guidance counselor, Christian Ford, joins her in his second play. I always think it is great when students can see and work with adults from inside and outside of the school community. I am so proud of the artistic growth and commitment of my cast and crew."

"When I was first introduced to 'Rabbit Hole' I was fascinated by Becca's character," Annie-Laurie Lemieux said. "Although I have faced death in my life and lost those who are close to me, I cannot even begin to fathom what it means to lose a child. Becca's reality makes it clear that grief must be shared and even the strongest of individuals cannot survive such devastation without family support and laughter."

"When Derrick first talked to me about joining the cast of 'Rabbit Hole,' I was a little nervous because not only would I be working with just adults, but the show seemed so depressing and emotional to me," Willsboro Central School junior Anna Daly said. "I quickly learned that this show has so much humor and fun, and is not about grief and loss, but about healing and moving on. My character, Izzy has been a lot of fun to play."

Tickets for the Willsboro showing will be sold at the door and are $5 general admission. Seating is on the stage and is limited to 80. Question and answer sessions will follow each performance. All proceeds benefit the Willsboro Drama Club and Willsboro Drama Club Scholarship. Call 963-4456 x400 or e-mail dhopkins@willsborocsd.org for further information.

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