LCHS presents 'I Never Sang for My Father'

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[January 26, 2013]  For this year's winter play, the Lincoln Community High School Department of Fine Arts will present "I Never Sang for My Father." The play is written by Robert Anderson and produced by Dramatists Play Service. The production will open on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the LCHS auditorium. Additional performances are scheduled for Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The house doors will open at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. (Update: The Friday performance was canceled and rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 29.)

Plot description:

"This is the story of Gene, a widower, with an elderly mother whom he loves and an eighty-year-old father, whom he has never loved, hard as he tried. The father has been the mayor of a small town in Westchester County, self-made and highly respected. Beneath these, trappings, however, he is a mean, unloving, ungenerous man, who has driven his daughter away because of her marriage to a Jew and has alienated his son through his possessiveness, his selfishness and his endless reminiscences. Suddenly the mother dies and Gene is faced with the responsibility of having the father on his hands just as the time when he wants to remarry and move to California. There are a series of dramatic confusion when Alice, the sister, who has defied her father, pleads with Gene not to take on the burden of the old man and ruin his life; when the penurious father and son have to pick out a coffin for the mother, the final episode in which Gene tries once again to rouse in himself affection for his father and succeeds, but only for the moment. For it is still not possible for him to "sing" for his father - to understand and be understood, to give the love he so wants to give, and to feel it all will be accepted, and appreciated, by his father, who he cannot love."

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Cast members in leading roles are Ryder Mills as Gene, Josh Meador as Tom, Tegan Follis as Margaret and Jacqueline Keysear as Alice. Additional cast members are Justin Broom, Elijah Chapman, Alyssa Harpin, Rebekah Harpin, Cassy Harpin, Logan Keysear, Ryan Crawley, Kendall Katz, Olivia Graue, Alissa Harvey and Joella Vermeire.

The play is being directed by Laura Schonauer and Samantha Prack. Assistant directors are Kendall Katz, a senior, and Haley Welch, a junior.

Set construction was designed and completed by Brock Bleess and Bradley Miller.

Crew members are Lia Shurtz, Devin Biggs, Alyssa Harpin, Rebekah Harpin, Cassy Harpin, Jade Dean, Madison Bishop, Livvie Muck, Brock Bleess, Bradley Miller, Ryan Crowley, Shelby Harrison, Logan Keysear and Colton Clark.

[Text from file received from Devin Biggs, Lincoln Community High School

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