PHS Drama Department to stage ‘Altar Egos (The I Do’s and Don’ts of an American Wedding)’ April 10 and 11

In a scene from "Altar Egos," Christian Loaiza, left, and Keegan Wolfe have "the talk" after Mark (Keegan) gets engaged.

If you are ready for a laugh, you will want to see the Perry High School Drama Department’s spring production of Pat Cook’s “Altar Egos (The I Do’s and Don’ts of an American Wedding).”

“With lines like a sitcom, this fast-paced play is about a couple planning their wedding,” said PHS Drama Coach Merrilee Bales. “As their parents get involved, the plans for a simple wedding seem to get lost.”

The play was written in 2000. According to the playwright, “All Mark and Colleen wanted was a simple wedding, and their simple wedding stays simple . . . for about two minutes. Then the families get involved. There’s the McMasters, who think the Frobishers are a bunch of snooty dude and the Frobishers picture the McMasters as a crowd of hillbillies. The bride’s father keeps offering the soon-to-be-wed couple thousands of dollars to elope, “No questions asked!” The bride’s mother decides to call in her sister, who’s a sweet, lovely woman…until she becomes The Coordinator – a drill sergeant!”

Further complications ensue, said Cook, who also wrote “Barbecuing Hamlet” (1999). until the “two mothers are literally dueling over the rehearsal dinner seating chart while the bride and groom wonder where it all went wrong. Throw into this mix football referees, tailors, circus ringmasters, caterers and even an interpreter, and you get just some of the “Altar Ego.”

Tickets for the April 10 and 11 performances may be purchased at the Perry High School office or at the door. Admission is $3 for students $3 and $5 for adults. Both performances begin at 7 p.m. A dress rehearsal is also scheduled for March 31 at 7 p.m

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In a scene from “Altar Egos,” Christian Loaiza, left, and Keegan Wolfe have “the talk” after Mark (Keegan) gets engaged. The PHS Drama Department will stage the romantic comedy April 10 and 11.



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