The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Theatre department’s annual dinner show was held September 8th
through the 11th this year at Huntington Beach High School. The Academy featured this year’s production - “Rumors,”
which is a comedy farce written by Neil Simon, and directed by Jojo Bogard, a graduate of USC’s Cinema School. It will
run in the APA Studio Theater (Black Box) located behind the Historic Huntington Beach District Auditorium and Bell
Tower on the HBHS campus at 1905 Main St. Huntington Beach, CA 92648.
At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. Though only a flesh wound, four couples are about to experience a severe attack of Farce. Gathering for their 10th wedding anniversary, the host lies bleeding in the other room and his wife is nowhere in sight. His lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into classic farcical hilarity in this Tony Award-winning play.
According to Theatre Department Chair Robert Rotenberry, this was the Theatre department’s biggest fundraising event of the year. “2016-2017 looks to be an incredible season as we add three new directors to our staff. Jojo was fearless directing two casts of ‘Rumors,’ which gave twice as many actors the chance to perform for you. The shows will make you laugh, cry and marvel at the magic of theatre.”
Courtesy of MMET Pop, there was an 80s music preshow one hour before each curtain call to reflect the time period of the production, raffle baskets and heavy dinner-style appetizers. Cost: VIP reserved seating was $40 and general admission was $30. Both ticket types covered dinner, dessert and show.
Performed September 8 - 11, 2016
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