WAMS actors take the stage this weekend


WAYNESBORO–The Waynesboro Area Middle School is “Heading for the Hills” for their latest stage performance.

The show tells the story of the Tollivers and the Calhouns who have been feuding for 200 years, making things difficult for Emmy Lou Tolliver and Lee Roy Calhoun, who could be called the “Romeo and Juliet of the Hills.” 

The story of this age-old family feud even appears in the tabloid “Strange But True,” which inspires a couple of near-bankrupt New York publishing houses to send agents to sign up the conflicting families for a book deal. 

Throw some Hollywood agents looking for a movie deal into the pot, and you’ve got a rip-snortin’ comedy! 

So who do you suppose knows the whereabouts of the missing tabloid writer who never made it back to her office after writing her story about the feud in Lonesome Polecat?  Maybe it’s Maw Tolliver and her daughters, Petunia and Dulcy, or it could be Paw Calhoun and his sons, Bubba and Goober.  Whatever you do, don’t you dare say the word “hillbilly” to Paw or he’ll get his overalls in a bunch.

There are 48 WAMS students in the cast and they’ve been rehearsing since December to memorize lines, perfect their stage presence and make new friendships.

The show marks the 19th year Ken Carlson and Mary Fleagle have been directing WAMS’ plays. Mike Bercaw helped build the backdrop.

The show runs Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students.

The cast is as follows:

6th grade 

Leila Alvarez   C

Leah Bercaw  C

Eva Blakely  C

Maci Bowersox  C

Simmone Brannen  B

Olivia Caldwell  C

Jade Clayton  C

Evan Forberger  A

Avery Gibson  C 

Lorelei Hepler  B 

Josephine Ingels  C

Grace Kaiser  A

Ryan McClure  B 

Nate Pauselius  B

Marcus Tolescu  B 

7th grade

Naomi Alvarez Castillo  B

Maycie Bitner   B

Elizabeth Callaway  B

Abi Carbaugh  C

Cadence Cox   B

Ariabella Dimino  A

Dallas French  D

Elijah Frye  A

Eva Garraway  B

Max Gonzalez  C

Brenna Hollingsworth  B

Landon Kipe  B

Trinity Martinez  B

Madison McChesney  A

Laila Minton  A

Althea Pearson  C

Baylon Pullin  A

Emmalynn Ray  B

Alex Reynolds  A 

Aydan Siegrist  A

Nathanael Turfle  B

Alyssa Vulgamott  A

Claire Yost  B

Ben Zirpoli  A

8th grade

Maryanne Ausherman  A

Robert Bond  A 

Zoe Bowersox  D

Noah Collins  D

Eve Dickey  A

Zach Kaiser  A 

Marshal Massey  C 

Chloe Shacreaw  D

Will Yost  D

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