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Nonsense On Stage This Weekend At EHS
Escalon High School will present 'Nonsense in the North Woods' in three performances this weekend, with evening shows Friday and Saturday along with a Sunday matinee.

Co-director Matt Silveira classified the play as a musical comedy, with plenty of 'nonsense' to go around.

"Basically, two sisters inherit a hotel from their late uncle and the handyman writes a tabloid story about Bigfoot being there," Silveira explained.

That sets an inept Congressman on the trail, and many follow the legislator in search of the elusive Bigfoot, with the handyman having to don a costume to perpetuate the myth that Bigfoot is roaming the 'North Woods.'

Jill Gardner and Kaila Gonzales portray the sisters who inherit the hotel, with Pete the handyman played by Craig Diniz and Joseph Fernandes portraying the congressman.

Silveira and Judzaya Davis are co-directors and teacher Dixie Tirre is advisor. The effort also includes a live band, and the play has two acts with an intermission.

Almost two dozen are in the cast, with another half dozen in band and 12 in the crew, from make up to costuming to stagehands. Assistance is also being provided by former EHS students.

"What I like is that we have all the subgroups of school taking part," Tirre said of athletes, academic standouts and various club members coming together. "They are mixing in a way they never have before."

Conducting the band are Aleks Peters and Jordyn Walden.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and the Sunday matinees is at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and children under 12, with a cost of $4 for students with an ASB card.