EPHS Thespians stage outstanding winter musical play

In June of 2012 URI covered the story of three drama students who’d received an opportunity that their faculty Artistic Director, Julia Cuppy, deemed a first for E.P.H.S. The trio won a chance to travel to a national convention in Nebraska and compete against winners from throughout the U.S. At the competition, one of the three, Melissa Glenn, won the highly prized rating of “Superior.” Along with that came offers for scholarships, affording her the luxury of weighing which post-HS option she’ll accept.

Cuppy continues to feel justified pride in her students’ exceptional talents on stage. Glenn now performs in the cast of “Quilters” the school’s current musical production. The show opened Friday, February 22, 2013 to run for a total of six performances. In addition to the opening night on Feb. 22, two shows ran Feb. 23. There’s still time to catch performances scheduled for Feb. 28, March 1, and March 2 at 7 p.m. at EPHS’ cafeteria stage, 203 N. Platt, Eagle Point.

The play and music written by Barbara Damashek derives from real life diaries and letters. These were culled from mementos of women who endured frontier life’s hardships in the American West. The poignant stories depicted, combine joy, warmth, and laughter, with some tears to make the program well worth the reasonable cost of admission.

Eight exceptionally talented young women present the drama. They boggle the mind that realizes that in just ten weeks’ time, this group mastered not only script lines, but also songs, dance routines, cues, complex action, pantomimes, props, and precision timing. All eight occupy the set throughout the play, unique in that it portrays actual vignettes of life, symbolically stitched into patchwork blocks, that culminate into a 16 x 16 “Legacy Quilt.”

Their solos and choral harmonies draw well-deserved applause; their acting skills, both heart-wrenching, and believable. It seems any one of them could audition for American Idol tomorrow, and likely make the finals.

This cast stars Hannah Stephens, Hannah Reinhardt, Kenzie McKillip, Emma Dabel, Melissa Glenn, Kyna Burke, Jenni Hernandez, and eighth grader Abigail Allred.

The band consists of EPHS students, Sarah Klein on violin and ‘cello, James Himes and Nicolas Wolf on guitars, plus professional pianist, Chris Bingham, and Bass player, Peter Spring.

“A special exhibit of quilts greets visitors in the high school’s main lobby for viewing before each performance,” says Cuppy. “That exhibit is hosted by many local sewing and quilting organizations from the Rogue Valley.”

To see the truly unique, thoroughly enjoyable dramatic musical presentation, admission costs $12 for general; $10 for Senior Citizens; and $8 for Students. Information on availability of Group discounts can be obtained from Julia Cuppy at 541-830-6610.






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