HHS students present two comedies for the price of one

What could go wrong with 13 blind dates and can a fake doctor cure a fake disease? 

The answer will be revealed Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the premiere of the double comedic feature of the plays “Check, Please!” and “The Phony Physician,” presented by Harlandale HS Theatre Arts Department.

Director Richard Chabrier said both plays offer different comedic performances; however, both contain a valuable lesson that everyone can relate to.

Written by Johnathan Rand, “Check, Please!” follows two young adults, a boy and a girl, on their adventures through finding a relationship as they go on 13 hilarious blind dates.  

“Every blind date is a disaster, from someone who is a compulsive liar to someone who is too young or too old,” Chabrier explained. “All of those things are kind of realistic and are taken to an extreme in the show, which makes it very comedic.”

The laughter will continue with the presentation of Thomas Hischak’s “The Phony Physician.”  

The fast-paced play offers a realistic take on a fairy tale. A poor woodcutter is unfortunately misidentified as a doctor, and he takes off to cure a disease of a young person pretending to be ill.

“It’s two liars trying to play this part and it’s difficult,” Chabrier said. “I don’t want to spoil the ending, but we watch as these two individuals grow through their lying and how they find out that there are consequences by pretending to be something that they are not or pretending to be ill just to get out of a situation.”

The advanced theatre students are excited for opening night as it will be their first time delivering comedic performances back to back.

“Comedy is sometimes even harder than dramas because there is timing and they have to be exaggerative on stage,” Chabrier said. “But, we’re going to have a great time, the writing is great and the kids really put themselves out there with these characters.”

Theatre arts student Selena Molina is playing the lead role in “Check, Please!” and can’t wait to bring her character to life.

“It’s a fun play, and I think the audience will enjoy it,” she said. “We have been preparing for three months and can’t wait for everyone to see it.”

For those who cannot make the premiere, a second performance will take place Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults. 
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