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Oakdale High Drama Club Presents ‘Game Of Tiaras’
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The cast of Game of Tiaras, with the members of the Oakdale High School production ready to take the stage for multiple performances in late April and early May. Photo Contributed

The Oakdale High School Drama Department will once again take to the stage as it presents Game of Tiaras by Don Zolidis. The all-student production will be staged Thursday, April 27 and Friday April 28 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 29 at noon and 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 30 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, May 6 at 7 p.m. The April 29 noon show as well as the May 6 show at 7 p.m. will feature an understudy cast. All performances will be hosted at OHS Theater.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased with the online ticketing service ShowTix4U using the link or on the website (Showtix4U) and typing Oakdale High School in the search bar at the top of the page.

“These students have worked so seamlessly together on this production, that the whole cast and crew decided to add two extra ‘Understudy’ shows to our lineup,” Director and Performing Arts Instructor Lezlie Acker said. “In hindsight, I definitely could have double-cast the show, because the understudy cast is just as talented, funny, and hard-working as the primary cast.”

The wealth of student talent isn’t something Acker is unhappy with, however; just the opposite.

“It’s a director’s dream to have too many talented actors to work with, and I go home after every rehearsal still laughing at their comedic choices, no matter how many times I watch it,” she explained.

When the aging king of a Magical Kingdom decides to split his empire between his three daughters, Cinderella, Belle, and the Snow Queen, terrible, hilarious tragedy ensues. Game of Tiaras combines badly-behaved Disney characters, the plot of Shakespeare’s King Lear and plenty of references from Game of Thrones in an outrageous comedy reminiscent of Monty Python.

“Keep in mind that this play is a parody of familiar Disney characters and may not be appropriate for young children because it includes several tongue-in-cheek death scenes,” Acker stated of the production.

Serving as Assistant Director for the Spring Production is OHS senior, Jackson Hammond.

“I am very proud of all of the technical work the students have put into this production,” Hammond shared. “From the set and costumes to the fight choreography and lighting, I’m glad to see Oakdale Drama reaching the heights the community has adored once more.”

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Cinderella (River McCarthy) and the Snow Queen (Sarah Bedwell) fight over Prince Charming (Charles Leon III) in the production, Game of Tiaras, being staged by the Oakdale High School Drama Department. Photo Contributed