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AHS Theatre presents their State Showcase Production: A Remount of Anatomy of Gray

Monday, March 22th, 2010 by Betsy Bishop

AHS Theatre presents their State Showcase Production: A Remount of Anatomy of Gray A comedy-drama by Jim Leonard March 31—April 3 @ 7:30 p.m.

In preparation for their April 8 opening night showcase for 2000 Thespians in the 2400-seat Silva Hall at the Hult Center, AHS Theatre will remount their spring 2009 production of the celebrated 2006 comedy-drama Anatomy of Gray by Jim Leonard. Chosen by the state committee as superior high school theatre, AHS will present four evenings at AHS before packing the truck for the Oregon State Thespian Conference opening in Eugene.

Leonard , award winning playwright of The Diviners; And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson, brilliantly weaves the stories of the heartland's settlers at the turn of the century into our hearts and minds. Anatomy of Gray is a redemptive fable for all ages - a powerful reminder that sometimes in order to find yourself, you must first lose your way.

When June’s father dies, she prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, so that no one will ever suffer again; the next thing she knows, there’s a tornado, and a man in a balloon blows into town claiming to be a doctor. At first, the new doctor cures anything and everything, but soon the town’s preacher takes ill with a mysterious plague. And then the plague begins to spread. The mystery of doctoring and healing is challenged by the beliefs and culture of the simple townspeople. Dr. Galen Gray explains, "Everything good for you has a price." Set in Indiana during the 1880s, Anatomy of Gray deals with loss, faith, love, and healing in a unique coming- of- age story.

Directed by Betsy Bishop, the nine ensemble cast members are Emma Harding, Ford Murawski-Brown, Aurelia Grierson, Nick McKernan, Rosalie Alspach, Uriel Wolfe-Blank, Jazmine Dake, Sophie Javna, and Tay Smith. The musical coordinator and violinist, Izabel Austin will play with Gerry Pare (cello), Elizabeth Markell,( harp) and Natalie Edson (guitar). Jesse Sharpe is the Stage Manager and Jacob Roe-Bauer and Dana Kossluk are the Assistant Stage Managers. Doug Ham is Set Designer/Tech Director. David Pedersen is a Tech Director /Carpenter. Bart Grady is the light designer and Emily Erlich- Inget is the costume designer.

Anatomy of Gray plays for 4 performances only, March 31 ($5. preview) and April 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. The following week, all 24 cast and crew members and 12 other thespians will take the show to Eugene for the opening night of the conference. Reserved seating ($14) as well as general ($10.) and senior/student ($5) tickets are sold only at showtix4u.com. General ($10) tickets are also sold at Paddington Station, Tree House Books, Music Coop and AHS Main Office. All proceeds will pay the bus, truck, hotel and food expenses for the state competition at the Hult Center in Eugene. An excellent 97-minute play for further discussions about history, religion and medicine. Special school and group rates are available. Info: 541-482-8771.

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