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North Marion brings back the Roaring 20s in The Boy Friend

by: LINDSAY KEEFER - Sophomore Josh Benson, who plays Bobby Van Husen, and senior Bekah Dron, who plays Maisie, lead the cast of 'The Boy Friend' in dancing the Charleston during a recent rehearsal. The show will be performed at North Marion High School Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.The 1920s-era “The Boy Friend” will light up the stage at North Marion High School Nov. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets, which are available at the door, are $6 for adults and $4 for students and seniors.

The school is located at 20167 Grim Road N.E., Aurora.

The musical is about a group of English girls at a finishing school in France who only have one thing on their minds: finding a boyfriend.

“It’s very light-hearted,” said Director Carol Read. “I’ve always loved this show. We did this show when I was in high school. It hasn’t been available until recently, so I’ve been waiting for the right time.”

The show has 25 cast members and five crew members, who have worked with three-sided set pieces called periaktoi, allowing for three quick scene changes.

One cast member will probably not be wishing others to “break a leg,” after she broke her knee during an early rehearsal warm-up. Now, sophomore Kayla Jackson will mostly be seen on stage as a hot dog vendor and as a bartender.

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, you can still keep going,” Jackson said.

But Read said it’s important to keep Jackson on stage, as she’s a strong singer.

“I have never had a group that sounds so rich when they are all singing,” she said. “Voices range from high sopranos to the lowest baritone I’ve ever heard in a high schooler.”

Senior Chase Porfily, who plays Tony, the son of a millionaire who is posing as a poor delivery boy, said the show has something for everyone.

“It’s a lot more open as far as allowing more character interpretation,” he said.

“We have a great cast and lots of talent. There are a lot of new people, so you can get a different experience from previous North Marion shows.”

Senior Paige Dean, who plays Polly, Tony’s love interest, has been part of the North Marion Players her entire high school career. But this show has challenged her unlike any other, she said.

“It’s different than what I’ve done before because it’s a lot more proper and not just cutesy like a lot of what we’ve done,” she said. “And I’ve never played such a girly character. But it’s still a lot of fun.”

Because of the different story arcs with multiple characters, any audience member can enjoy the show, Dean said, noting, “There isn’t a dull moment.”