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Temple Drama Club presents annual performance this weekend

  • Marc Tagalakis, left, and Kristen Genest rehearse for a skit involving a humorous public service health announcement. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The Temple Drama Club will hold its annual production this weekend. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The Temple Drama Club will hold its annual production this weekend. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The Temple Drama Club will hold its annual production this weekend. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The Temple Drama Club will hold its annual production this weekend. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • Above: Jon Pearson, left, and Matt Cabana, play burglers. Below: Kari Dugas, left, Kristen Genest, Jen Rheaume and Felicia Sartell extoll the virtues of the cell phone in a musical number.  Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • The Temple Drama Club will hold its annual production this weekend. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—

  • The Temple Drama Club will hold its annual production this weekend. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 6:31PM

The Temple Drama Club is back again with their take on town politics, comedic skits and original songs, with its annual performance scheduled for this weekend.

As usual, the club mostly features comedy pieces.

 “We really should be called the Temple Theatre Group,” club President Steve Cullinan said, jokingly. “We don’t do much drama.”

This year, the performance starts off with the traditional series of skits, written by club members, and often referencing Temple town events. 

The first half begins with the Temple news, a piece that’s become a staple of the Drama Club, featuring Jim and Mary Tyler-Wall behind the Temple Chronicle desk, filling in the audience on the latest news and gossip, such as the upcoming retirement of Road Agent Tim Fiske and the results of Friday’s Special Town Meeting. 

Club members get to show off their singing chops with “Temple Idol.”

Comedic songs, written by club members, whirl through the names of New Hampshire towns, give an ode to road kill, and honor retiring tax collector Jeanne Whitcomb (while making a few extra complaints about taxes).

“Jeannie’s heard the song, so I’m pretty sure we won’t get sued,” Cullinan said.

Drama Club newcomer Mark Tagalakis will take a role in a featured skit as a doctor for Temple Pharmaceutical presenting a public service announcement on the embarrassing problem of ED – which probably doesn’t mean what you think it means.

Will and Cedric Wildes, veteran club members, are joined by Emma Charland and Kelly Wardell, first-year actors, in a skit entitled “Meet the Cliches,” a study of language and how people communicate.

“Cell Phones In History,” written by Robin Downes, examines how history might be different if Cell phones were involved.

Ending the original skits portion of the night is the drama version of the classic Rowan and Martin Laugh-In, featuring the famous Wheel of Wisdom.

The second act includes the performance of the published play “After Hours” by Kevin Stone of Pioneer Drama Service.

The one-act tells the story of what department store mannequins get up to once the shoppers have left the store.

Window mannequins Patty and LuAnne welcome a newcomer to their ranks and foil two bungling burglars, played by Matt Cabana and John Person. 

The cast includes Jon Pasquriello, Jen Rheaume, Peter Colpitts, Cam Lockwood and Felicia Sartell, with new-comers Emma Charla and, Marc Tagalakis, Kristen Genest and Kerry Dugas rounding out the cast for the play.

The Temple Drama Club has performances scheduled for May 17 and May 18 at 8 p.m. at the Temple Town Hall. There is a suggested donation of $5 for admittance. All proceeds are donated to local institutions or committees.