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Humor and drama collide in ‘Goodbye, My Fancy’

November 3, 2011
By STACEY KUKKONEN - DMG writer ( , The Daily Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON - The Houghton High School Drama Club is going old-school again when they present their fall play this weekend.

The Houghton High School Drama Club will present "Goodbye, My Fancy" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

The play follows a congresswoman in 1948 who is invited back to her all-girl college, from where she was expelled, to give the commencement address.

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Shalina Gupta, left, playing Virginia “Ginny”?Merrill, and Roxanne Dobbs, playing Agatha Reed, recite a poem together at rehearsal Tuesday evening at Houghton High School. The two are rehearsing for “Goodbye, My Fancy,” which will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Houghton High School.

She was expelled for sneaking in after hours and the play includes aspects of humor, drama and a love triangle with two men competing for the congresswoman's attention.

Roxanne Dobbs plays Agatha Reed, the congresswoman, and said she likes how bold and smart the character is.

"She's willing to stand for what she believes in," Dobbs said.

Tuesday, the group of students in the cast spent time reading lines back and forth to each other and helped each other dress is the traditional costumes.

"I play Ellen Griswold," said Kayla Makela. "She's very naive and innocent until she gets her hands on a martini. She likes to drink and she has a lot of fun when she drinks. She's the best wife she can to her husband and the best mother to her two boys."

Torin O'Leary plays James Merrill, the president of the college is one of Agatha's love interests. O'Leary said to get into character, who he calls "flawed and cowardly," gets into character by getting his mindset there.

"I picture myself in the 40s and in a role of some power," he said.

His daughter, Virginia "Ginny" Merrill, is played by Shalina Gupta, who said she is a basically a replica of Agatha Reed.

"She is a 1948 college girl who is graduating and actually cares about learning and just doesn't plan on getting married, which sets her apart from everyone else," she said.

Gupta said she likes playing the character, as she is one who is easy to follow and knows there is a time and place for everything.

"I made a list of things I think she would be like, such as her favorite color and what her pet would be," Gupta said. "I read over those and think about her motives."

Ian Hyslop plays the other love interest of Agatha Reed, a character he said is a photographer for "LIFE" magazine.

"I play Matt Cole and it is Agatha's ex-lover," Hyslop said. "He comes back to take pictures for 'LIFE' magazine and tries to win her back. He's a redeemable character."

To make the production complete, Director David Crowley ordered from England a print of "The Laughing Cavalier" for the set to try to be as authentic with the script as possible.

Tickets are available at the door.



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