HOUGHTON - Be prepared for a night of comedy and suspense this weekend when the Houghton Middle School Drama Club presents a duo of plays to the public.
The Houghton Middle School Drama Club presents the sixth-grade play "Supercomics" by Charlie Lovett and the seventh and eighth grade presents "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" by Tim Kelly at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Houghton High School auditorium.
"Supercomics" surrounds the evil Vlad the Exhaler who uses a potion to take away the sense of humor of everyone in Comedyville.
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Emma Brown and Sam Verron rehearse for their show “It Was a Dark and Stormy Night” by Tim Kelly. The Houghton Middle School Drama Club presents the play, along with “Supercomics” by Charlie Lovett, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Houghton High School auditorium.
"When the residents of Comedyville realize what has happened, some of them become superheroes to save their town," said Director David Crowley.
The play has a happy ending when the day is saved. The sixth-grade play is followed by "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night."
The show is about a family who live together in an old home and a cousin named Ebenezer places an ad in the Boston papers for a nurse for a "special patient" in an attempt to take revenge on the nurse who jilted him many years before.
"The eccentric, if not crazy, Saltmarshes live in Ye Olde Wayside Inn, built before the Revolutionary War. Female cousins Arabella and Hepzibah get advice from the ghost of the General, their ancestor who deserted Washington's army during the war," Crowley said.
Applicants arrive to the home and then disappear as the storm grows outside. The play includes a 113-year-old uncle who escapes from his room and, of course, the very special patient.
During the storm, the road is closed and the bridge is out and everyone is trapped in the inn, he said.
"The kids are really having a good time," he said of the middle school students. "It's full of screams when people open doors."
The show is $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.