Antioch Community High School’s rendition of ‘The Alibis’

With school returning to in-person learning, the ACHS theater program will have on-stage performances again, starting with “The Alibis.”

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Sophomore Riley Hughes and seniors Meryl Resurreccion and Jackson Highberg rehearse a scene for the play.

ACHS presents “The Alibis,” eight comedic stories about crime by Jonathan Dorf, Tyler Dwiggins, Kathryn Funkhouser, Patrick Greene, Mora V. Harris, Carrie McCrossen, Ian McWethy and Jason Pizzarello. It will be showing Thursday, Nov. 11, through Sunday, Nov. 14 in the ACHS auditorium. Thursday through Saturday the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will start at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and the show will start at 2 p.m. The admission price is $5 for students and $7 for adults. On Sunday, Drama Director Wanda Teddy would like a big crowd to energize the performers.

“[On Sunday], we have responders from the state coming to watch the show,” Teddy said. “We have the opportunity of taking our show down to Illinois State University for the State Theatre Festival to perform.”

Now that school is once again in person, many of the performers have the opportunity to be on stage for the first time.

“I’m a little nervous, but it’s really exciting at the same time,” sophomore Riley Hughes said. “It’s really interesting to see what goes on. I’ve only been in the audience perspective for most of my life. It’s really cool to see the whole backstory and what goes on behind the scenes.”

Returning students who have performed on stage before now get to go back; unlike last year, they do not have to act through a screen.

“It is really weird to have like a mic on, putting on your costume and actually being physically on the stage,” senior Chloe Kwasiborski said. “Last year, we did it on Zoom, which is basically just saying your lines. There really wasn’t any element of  actually acting, it felt not as raw as if you were on stage.”

Teddy gave the students creative freedom with the play and allowed them to do as they pleased.

“The coolest thing about the play is that most of all the work has been done by students,” Teddy said. “My stagecraft class designed the set. We’ve had student designers when it comes to lights and sound, running the board and all that jazz. It’s student directed, student desire; I’m there to kind of help aid and assist, but a lot of it is the students.”

Those wishing to attend can purchase tickets from Vanco Events.