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‘Rumors’ comes to Arlington High School starting April 22

ARLINGTON — The Arlington High School Drama Department hopes to offer some sunny entertainment for those looking to escape from the currently less-than-cheerful weather.

AHS Drama Teacher Scott Moberly decided to lighten the days by staging another comedy, this time Neil Simon’s play “Rumors.”

“Last spring’s showing of ‘Noises Off’ was so well-received that we decided to run another comedy this year,” Moberly said. “It’s been a cold, wet winter and this play will help us all shake off the doldrums and gear up for the warmer seasons.”

“Rumors” features four couples who come together to celebrate an anniversary, only to find that their host has accidentally shot himself in the head, in a non-fatal injury, and his wife is missing. As his lawyers try to cover up the disaster, the guests become more and more confused about what’s really going on, as each person embellishes on the rumors circulating in the room.

“Neil Simon is one of America’s best known and most appreciated playwrights, and he’s known for his off-beat comedies,” Moberly said. “I decided to do another small ensemble piece this year because, once again, I have a strong group of actors who can pull off the timing and humor this kind of production requires. Our community has really supported our comedic productions by coming out in big numbers to see those shows. I hope that will be the case again this year.”

AHS seniors Caroline Rensel and Ashley Haskew finish their acting careers at the school in the roles of Chris and Claire, while a strong cast of younger students rounds out the ensemble. They are backed up by a dedicated group of younger understudies.

The show opens at 7 p.m. on April 22, with additional evening performances on April 23, 29 and 30 at the Linda M. Byrnes Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and seniors, and may be purchased in advance online at www.byrnesperformingarts.org.

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