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Student Production Due On EHS Stage
Curtain time is 6 p.m. Friday for opening night of the Escalon High School spring production 'Nothing But the Truth,' being put on by the Drama Club members.

"There's some action, drama, romance and international espionage," said teacher Dixie Tirre, serving as producer for the play.

Student director is Liz Mendonca, with assistant director Matt Teixeira.

"She's learning a lot about leadership skills," Tirre said of Mendonca, who is taking on the director's role for the first time. She has previously been a cast member but this time is stepping outside her normal realm to take on more of a challenge.

"I learned I had some vocal cords I didn't know I had," Mendonca admitted.

She said at first, her classmates did not know whether to take her seriously in the director's role but they have learned to work well together over the past several weeks of rehearsals.

"It's something new, something different," she said of the play.

The ending, she added, provides a twist that the audience may not see coming and she said that makes for a more interesting production.

"You don't want to look away," she said.

Tirre, who is a math teacher at the school, is also involved in the arts, from performing in a women's barbershop quartet to being what she termed "a closet rapper."

The play is described as 'Titanic'-like and is set on a ship. It was written by Philip J. Anderson and takes place in 1913.

About two dozen Escalon High students are involved, from those on stage to those behind the scenes. They were busy during Spring Break, getting sets ready, doing some rehearsing and preparing for their trio of weekend performances.

Shows are at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 18. Tickets will be available at the door at a cost of $5 per person. Doors will open 40 minutes prior to curtain time and the production will be staged at the Escalon High School Performing Arts Center.

Wednesday saw the students working on costumer, building background sets and blocking out scenes.

"I'm excited," said cast member Taylor Huntley, "because Titanic is my favorite movie, ever."

Among the lead actors are Teixeira, Christa Johnson, Shelby Sloan, Gabriel Albor and Josh Proch.

Tirre said putting on a play at this level is sometimes difficult, depending on what is available.

"You have to see what you can get the legal rights to do," she explained. "We looked through the ones that were easy to order."

Mendonca also wanted to do something different than a straight comedy, with 'Nothing But the Truth' offering a little bit of everything for the audience to enjoy.