Recently, students at Rock Creek performed the fall play, called the “The Matchmaker,” which was on Nov. 15 at the Rock Creek High School auditorium from 7 p.m. to 9:20 p.m.
Before the play started, the cast members got into character to serve the audience a dinner of spaghetti at 6 p.m. The cost for the dinner was $12 for adults and $10 for students. During the dinner, the audience members had the chance to get to know the characters.
After the dinner, it was finally time for the play; tickets for just the play were $5 for adults and $3 for students.
The play was about a couple, Emma and Ambrose, who was played by sophomores Shae Biedenbender and Patrick Monhollon. The couple was in love, but Emma’s grumpy and rich uncle, Horace Vandergelder, played by sophomore Eli Miller, was forbidding her to be with him.
While trying to keep Emma and her love from being together, Mr. Vandergelder was also trying to find a lady to marry. He left for New York without knowing that his two employees, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker, played by junior Ethan Sylvester and sophomore Blake Ruder, also went to New York for an adventure.
In the end, Emma and Ambrose finally got the approval to marry. Additionally, Sylvester’s character Cornelius Hackl and Mrs. Molloy, played by senior Kimmy Woodworth, also got married. Not only did the young couple find love, so did the main characters, Mr. Vandergelder and Mrs. Levi, played by senior Alexis Engelken.
While Miller had the lead role, he said that he only sometimes gets nervous.
“If it is a harder scene, then yes, but the nervousness just goes away,” Miller said.
In the play, Miller’s character ends up marrying Engelken’s character, but Engelken also had an added role, other than just acting in the play.
The play’s director, Keith Miller, said, “Alexis Engelken plans on being a music teacher, so we gave her the chance to put the music together. She taught the students the songs and directed the choreography.”
Junior Kitrina Miller was Minnie Fay, who was a young girl who believed in love at first sight. She said she likes acting, so she took a shot at a role this year.
“My favorite part of the play was when I was supposed to be dancing with Blake Ruder in Act III, but he was acting like he didn’t know how to dance, and it was funny,” Kitrina Miller said.
Freshman Mackenzie Bowers played Miss Flora Van Huysen, a cook. Just like most of the people in the play, Bowers’s character also got to have a little romance, too, as her character had a crush on sophomore Craig Garrett’s character, Malachi Stack, who works for Mr. Vandergelder.
Bowers said, “Being in the play takes a lot of work, and you have to be committed, with a flexible schedule.”
The students worked really hard on the play, but they also had some fun preparing for the play.
“We play small games, like the game ‘Skeletor,’” Eli Miller said.
Article by Amber Rayo, Staff Member
Photo by Megan Thompson, Yearbook Photo Editor