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Drama Club Students Stage Weekend Farce
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Among those in the cast for ‘Every Little Crook and Nanny’ include, back row from left, Jakob Hunter, Angela Simoes, Christian Davalos. Front row from left, Kurt Romanowski, Emma Ballard, Nestor Flores. Marg Jackson/The Times

Once again, the Escalon High School Drama Club is getting ready for a show – offering up the comical farce ‘Every Little Crook and Nanny’ on Nov. 15 and 16.

Show times are Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Ticket prices are $10 for general admission; students with ID and kids 12 and under get in for $7.

The play was written by Pat Cook and is a comedy focused on determining who might have robbed a bank.

Lead characters include Lillie Scones, a retired nanny who now runs a boarding house. She and her two friends, Jocelyn and Carmella, enjoy gossip and get caught up in a bank robbing scheme, possibly perpetrated by a former boarder, Stuart, who has returned to rent a room at the boarding house.

There’s also a police academy graduation, a huge cat that is heard but unseen, bumbling crooks and lots of confusing clues. It all adds up to a play that will keep the audience – and the investigating police chief – guessing ‘who done it’ until the end.

Cast members include: Angela Simoes, Lillie; Emma Ballard, Jocelyn; Katie Beall, Carmella; Jakob Hunter, Stu; Kurt Romanowski, Pat; Nestor Flores, Teddy; April Strand, Betty; Wesley Keane, Gerald; Christian Davalos, Police Chief Dan; Tess Bedell, Mrs. Simms.

The play is set in Lillie’s boarding house in the 1990s.

It is a two-act play, with a brief intermission in between the acts and will be staged in the Escalon High School Performing Arts Center.

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Angela Simoes, seated, as Lillie and Emma Ballard, standing behind, as Jocelyn, run through a scene during practice in preparation for ‘Every Little Crook and Nanny’ that will be staged Nov. 15 and 16 at Escalon High School. Marg Jackson/The Times