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Chattahoochee High School Dramatic Arts Program Opens Fall Theatre with Two One-Act Plays

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Cast and crew, under the direction of Chattahoochee High School’s (CHS) Mrs. Haley Walter, director of the dramatic arts department, are presenting a double feature of One Act Plays including It’s a Wonderful Neverland by Patrick Greene and The Insanity of Mary Girard by Lanie Robertson. The community is invited to attend and enjoy the fruits of the many hours of preparation our students have put into these productions.

Over 50 actors and crew from the CHS student body will be participating in the two productions. Many of the actors are also members of Georgia Thespian Troupe #7612 and participate in advanced drama classes at the school.

The first one act to be presented is a clever and humorous mash-up of It’s a Wonderful Life and J.M. Barrie’s classic tale. This time it is Peter Pan who wishes for a world without him, granted by Tinkerbell’s fairy cousin, Stinkerbell. After seeing the Lost Boys employed by Captain “Two Hands”, the Darling children who are anything but, along with a Tinkerbell who’s lost her wits, Peter finally recognizes his existence does have meaning — and it really is a wonderful Neverland.

The second one act play, The Insanity of Mary Girard, contains a much darker outlook and audiences are advised of mature themes. In 1790, Mary Girard was committed to an asylum, squirreled away to the basement of the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, where “lunatics” are held. Mary’s crime - attempting escape from an abusive life but ending up pregnant by another man - thus earning the label of insane by her husband. Audience members will be engrossed in the compelling drama as Mary sits in a chair as the "furies" dance around and impersonate people from her past. By the end of this haunting and highly theatrical piece, she has grown rather convincingly into her diagnosis.

Right after presenting the plays to the community, the student thespians will enter The Insanity of Mary Girard in the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) One Act Regional Competition, which will be held on October 28 in Johns Creek.

Chattahoochee High School, located at 5230 Taylor Road, Johns Creek, Georgia was opened in 1991 and is a nationally recognized school of excellence. Our mission is to lead students to their full potential through excellence in academics, arts, athletics, and service to community. Notable honors include the following: 2017 National PTSA School of Excellence, ranked as a top high school in 2017: Washington Post (365 Nationally) and U.S. World & News Report (#389 Nationally, #12 in Georgia & #74 STEM High School), named a Georgia School of Excellence, recognized a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, and 2018 Niche ranked #7 of 399 Best College Prep Public High Schools in Georgia. Chattahoochee High School has a rich tradition of excellence in the Arts. The Fine Arts & Dramatic Arts and Music Departments collaboratively produce five major productions per year. Tim Corrigan is the principal.


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