By Tia Lynn Lecorchick
A group of Morgan County Middle School (MCMS) seventh-graders, put on a theatrical production of Dr. Sooney’s Medicine on April 28 for elementary school students to raise money to compete at the National Thespian Festival in Lincoln, Nebraska on June 23-28. Dr. Sooney’s Medicine is a comedy loosely adapted from the French classic A Doctor in Spite of Himself. Admission for the fourth grade show was $3 and for the evening show it was $5. The total amount raised has not been announced yet, but the money will help off set the $600 registration fee and airfare for the group of qualifying students for the competition. Kathleen Byrant, the theater teacher at MCMS for 10 years, was excited to bring this play to MCMS. “Dr. Sooney’s Medicine is one of may favorite shows…lots of play on words and marital humor, all from a Hillbilly’s perspective,” said Bryant. The seventh grade production class, which is comprised of 22 students, put on the play.
“The seventh grade production class is an advanced auditioned semester-long drama class that is taught during a connection class. These students auditioned at the end of last year to be in this class,” said Bryant. Josh Talevski, MCMS student, played Dr. Sooney Ollis, Caitie Sue Medford, a MCMS studnet, and Shea Cianfrani, MCMS student, played Caro, Dr. Sooney Ollis’ wife. Paige Carroll and Bailey Schultz played the twins, Homer Withman and Homer Hines. “Over all the students enjoyed performing for the fourth grade class Monday morning the most,” said Bryant. “It is always fun performing for younger students. At one point in the show the fourth graders started anticipating the lines and saying them out loud with the characters on stage.” According to Bryant, the MCMS has a good group of talented theater actors and she looks forward to putting on future productions for the schools.