Theater prepares for upcoming performances

Theater will continue its outreach program

In a continuation from last year’s outreach, Palo Alto High School’s performing arts program will be performing the children’s play The Stinky Cheese Man on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.

The Stinky Cheese Man is a part of Paly theater’s outreach program they began last year meant to encourage students’ interest in theater at a young age. After the start of the program last year, with their fall production of Aladdin receiving positive reviews, they decided to continue their children’s productions. Produced by Paly students, this will be performed to an audience of 500 elementary school students in the beginning of October.The Stinky Cheese Man is a comedy based off the children’s book written by Jon Scieszka. It features characters from a variety of popular fairy tales, including Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk. Despite it’s children audience, this play is promised to have humor that all ages can relate to.

“The cast and crew have less than a month to put the entire show together, so during rehearsals they are moving really quickly to get it up on its feet,” senior Hannah Nguyen said. “It’s a pretty whacky show that has a lot of silly, funny things going on, and it’s something that everyone would love.”

Tickets for this production will be $5 at the door of the Haymarket Theater for both students and the general public.Theater will also perform a second fall play, The Server of Two Masters.

A modern adaptation of the italian comedy The Servant of Two Masters, this is written by Tony Kienitz, and experienced member of the Bay Area theater community, and who most recently was writer and co-director of Body of Water, an A Theatre Near U production.

The Server of Two Masters is to premier in early November. Students a part of the performing arts program are excited for this upcoming year, while members of the community are encouraged to check out all of the theater productions throughout the year.

“The the rest of the student board and I are mainly looking forward to another year of fantastic theater,” Nguyen said. “We have great comedies coming up this year, and they’ll reflect the fun that we have making the shows.”