PLATTSBURGH — The Adirondack Regional Theatre presents “Pirate Kings & Drama Queens” Saturday evening at the Plattsburgh City Hall Auditorium.
The play’s plot centers on a high-school playwright and his attempt to get his production mounted with a dramaturgy-challenged football coach directing the play, a queen of musicals pestering the playwright to put a song in a non-musical and the star-running back good at running between lines but not remembering them.
Directed by Dana Kelly, the play was written in 2002 by her former art teacher Dan Gallagher, while she was a student at Northeastern Clinton Central School.
“I wasn’t able to be in the play but I was helping out and doing other things,” said Kelly, who is the incoming drama adviser at Clinton Community College.
“It’s a great teen-age show. Before ‘High School Musical’ came out or any of those shows, I thought it was cool he (Gallagher) had written something before its time. When we were looking for a show for the youth division of the Adirondack Regional Theatre, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get away from a musical and give the kids a chance to do something different and do something new, fresh and exiting for them. I thought it would be a good change and showcase a local artist and playwright and introduce him to the community again.”
There are only a few lines adapted for the company’s cast.
Gallagher was inspired to write his behind-the-scenes play by observing young thespians over the years.
“We always had the people involved in plays seem to have as much laughter and drama that goes into production,” he said. “I thought it would be fun to show what goes into the production and have a play about a group of high-school students putting on a play.”
The production has a 12-member cast.
“Most of them are high-school students or middle-schools students,” said Tom Lavin.
“This is the first time Adirondack Regional Theatre is doing one a world debut. It’s the first time we’re doing a straight play, no musical this time around.”
“Pirate Kings & Drama Queens” is a play within a play.
“The four mains stars are Emma Canton ‘Patty’ playing ‘Lady Worthington,’ Ross Coughlin, ‘Riley, the ‘Pirate King’ and playwright. Of course, he has a love interest. Cassie LaHart is ‘Janine’ the ‘Princess.’ Devin Wood, ‘Trey,’ he plays ‘Prince Prudent.’ He’s the high-school football hero. He’s also not the brightest bulb. The playwright has a crush on Janine. In the play, Janine and Trey is supposed to have the happy ending. The rest of the characters are fellow students. Some of them, we see off-stage. Some, we only see during the rehearsal.”
“Pirate Kings & Drama Queens” reflects the tensions and challenges associated with high-school drama clubs.
“They (people) will see a lot of things in the show they see in real life,” Lavin said. “It’s no so inside that no one would understand it.”
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I F YOU GO
WHAT: "Pirate Kings & Drama Queens" written by Dan Gallagher and directed by Dana Kelly.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Plattsburgh City Hall Auditorium, City Hall Place.
TICKETS: $5 at the door.