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Wednesday, March 6,2013

Musical opens, examining weirdness of high school

Photo Credits: Photo courtesy of Morristowne Photography
Photo Caption: Characters played by Charlie Smith, Rob Goeller, and Joe Balding remember high school “beer!” in “Is There Life After High School,” opening Friday at Stuart’s Opera House.

The ABC Players' musical "Is There Life After High School?" opens this weekend, and should give audiences the chance to revisit the hilarious and melodramatic ups and downs of high school.

Playing Stuart's Opera House for two weekends only, according to the news release announcing the play, "the production reminds us all of the joy, the laughter, and the pain of what it was like to go through the longest four years of our lives."

Sponsored by Rocky Outdoor Gear Store, "Is There Life After High School?" will play Stuart's Opera House in Nelsonville this Friday and Saturday and then Friday through Sunday, March 15-17. The Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m. with the Sunday, March 17, performance at 2 p.m.

Suggested by the novel by Ralph Keynes, "Is There Life After High School?" uses a revolving cast of characters to showcase the highlights and heartbreaks of high school. The cast - each playing multiple characters - includes Sylvia Abbott, Joe Balding, Jenn Fritchley, Rob Goeller, Nathan Hashman, Jodi MacNeal, Christine Neumann, Ginny Puhl, Andrea Thompson, Charlie Smith, Linda Watkins and Heidi Wilhelm.

With a book by Jeffrey Kindley and music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia, "Is There Life After High School?" is directed by Chris Coleman with musical direction by Lynn Sullivan. The technical crew is led by Suzanne Ragg as state manager, Ardelle Donahue as props manager, and Patty Witmer as costumer.

Call Stuart's Opera House at 740-753-1924 to reserve tickets or purchase them at the door. You can also order tickets online at For more information on the ABC Players, visit or find the ABC Players on Facebook.


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