Â FIRTH â€“ â€śRamona and Joel,â€ť a Wild West spoof on Shakespeareâ€™s â€śRomeo and Julietâ€ť rides onto the stage at Firth High School (FHS) Saturday and Monday.
Itâ€™s the Montgomery family versus the Cabot family in this production written by August Mergelman.
In â€śRamona and Joel,â€ť FHS sophomore Michelle Tucker plays Ramona, the female lead. Senior Caden Portela plays Herman and senior Daniel Withers plays Joel.
Tucker said what she likes best about the play is â€śthe hick accents.â€ť
â€śI get to be a complete idiot on stage and have an excuse to do it,â€ť she said.
This is the second year Portela has performed in a play at FHS.
â€śMy character, Herman, is goofy, just like me,â€ť Portela said. â€śDrama is the best class ever.â€ť
Withers, who plays the male lead, said he has learned â€śto be yourself and to be expressive.
â€śDrama is a great class because itâ€™s filled with friends,â€ť Withers said. â€śIt helps you get out of your comfort zone and helps you get to know people and yourself.â€ť
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â€śItâ€™s all in verse,â€ť said director Michelle Miles. â€śItâ€™s funny.â€ť
Miles said she and her drama class put on one play a year. This is her sixth play at FHS.
â€śAs a director, Iâ€™ve learned that itâ€™s supposed to be fun,â€ť she said. â€śItâ€™s called a play.
â€śIf I get stressed, then so do the students,â€ť Miles said. â€śI try to keep it light; make it fun.â€ť
"Ramona and Joel" plays at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Firth High School auditorium. Admission is by contribution.