The plays are the thing for Clover Park High School Thespians

Clover Park High School’s theater club is back on the scene. After a long hiatus, science teacher and troupe director James "Jym" Kinney and students revived International Thespian Society Troupe 821 in April of 2015, and will perform their fifth full-length production this fall.

Members of the troupe are currently rehearsing two one-act plays: "Girls to the Rescue" adapted by Cynthia Mercati from the book by Bruce Lansky and "If Sherlock Holmes Were a Woman" by Tim Kelly. Performances will be held at Clover Park High School Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

"Girls to the Rescue" is a collection of three short stories with young female protagonists. They include a spin on classic fairy tales, and a piece set in a small Mexican village. "If Sherlock Holmes Were a Woman" features a young college student named Shirley Holmes, a fanatic of the great detective for whom she was named.

The ensemble cast includes sophomore Susan Cossio-Trujillo, junior Kai Blackard, senior Katarina Gruber and freshman Keara Monie. Artistic direction is provided by Kinney, with technical direction by Clover Park English teacher and Assistant Troupe Director Destiny McFarlan.

Kinney says the troupe has much to look forward to in the school year ahead.

"We are excited about partnering with Community in Schools of Lakewood with a special performance of our current show in Tillicum, participating in the Southwest Regional Thespian Festival in February, and the Washington State Thespian Festival in March with a goal of bringing home Gold Level Honor Troupe distinction," Kinney stated.

The troupe’s next full production is a contemporary drama titled "Copies" by Brad Slaight to be staged in March 2017.

For more information, contact Jym Kinney at 253-583-5500.

Clover Park Student Thespians practice play