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Post Independent/Kelley CoxPaul Hamilton, Kate McRaith and Jimmy Coates take a bow at the end of last Sundays matinee performance of Oliver!
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Theres plenty of drama at four area high schools beyond the typical locker room and hallway hoopla.Rifle High School presents a comedy costarring actor John Barrymores ghost in I Hate Hamlet at 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Dec. 3. General admission tickets are $5 at the door.The play chronicles a young and successful television actor who relocates to New York, where he rents a marvelous, gothic apartment. With his career in limbo, the actor is offered the opportunity to play Hamlet onstage. But, theres one problem he hates Hamlet, said assistant theater director Scott Lee, an English, creative writing, speech and economics teacher at RHS, in a press release. The dilemma deepens with the entrance of John Barrymores ghost, who arrives intoxicated and in full costume to the apartment that once was his. The contrast between the two actors the towering, dissipated Barrymore whose Hamlet was the greatest of his time, and Andrew Rally, hot young television star leads to a wildly funny duel over women, art, success, duty, television, and yes, the apartment.At Glenwood Springs High School, the Defiance Community Players are back for a second consecutive weekend of Oliver! at 7 p.m. today through Sunday and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday.Oliver! includes multiple members of the valleys families, including six of the Jones children of New Castle; Kate, Eve and Connor McRaith; David, MacKenzie and Kelly Miller; and director Eileen Martin and her choreographer sister, Kate Jacobson.Tickets for Oliver! are $10 for children and students 18 and younger; $15 for adults; and $10 weekend matinees. They are available at Harrington Real Estate in El Jebel, the Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce, Mountain Peddler in Glenwood and at the door.Basalt High School drama students will show the funny and not-so-funny sides of being a teenager in Jon Jorys Love, Death & the Prom. The presentation of five playlets takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday in the BHS auditorium.A fundraising dinner for BHS art teacher Sunny Wilson whose son, Parker, was born premature and is hospitalized in a Denver hospital will preclude the play at 6 p.m. Saturdays Love, Death & the Prom dinner theater, which also features a silent auction, is $10 per person. For more information, call co-director Tim McNulty at 384-5935.On Sunday and Monday, Roaring Fork High School hosts 8X10 (Again), two evenings of one-act plays, both at 7 p.m. at the RFHS auditorium in Carbondale. 8X10 (Again), which began last year as eight different 10-minute plays, features eight new one-act plays by several young playwrights and six student and RFHS alumni directors. Admission at the door is $5 for students and staff and $7 for adults.In the last 10 years or so, 10-minute plays have become very popular. We have one on cowboys, one is a parody on Medea, theres one on morality and ethics of advertising, said Ralph Young, RFHS teacher and play coordinator. Theres a wide variety in these plays most of them are funny. Actually, a surprising number of people die in the plays. Expect a good time.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.comOn the stage I Hate Hamlet, 7 p.m. today, Saturday and Dec. 3, Rifle High School Oliver! 7 p.m. today through Sunday and 2 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday, Glenwood Springs High School Love, Death & the Prom dinner theater, 6 p.m. Saturday, Basalt High School 8X10 (Again), 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Roaring Fork High School


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