Drama Director Sheri Menden said energy is bubbling through the halls of Royalton High School (RHS) as students run lines for their upcoming play, A Feuding’ Over Yonder by Le Roma Greth. Performing a play following the likes of the Hatfields and McCoys has never been part of the repertoire for the drama club.
Senior Brittany Brower said, “Throughout all of my years of drama our plays have ranged from mysterious to outright funny, but never have we done a hillbilly play! It is a different experience and it’s so much fun to see everybody letting loose their inner hillbilly.”
Becoming hillbillies seems to be just what these students needed after a long and extremely cold winter. Actors are casting off their shoes, pulling on raggedy trousers, and polishing up their drawls.
“Who knew all the students here had such great hillbilly accents? This play sure brings out the inner redneck in everyone. I cannot wait for everybody to watch it!” said senior Jacquline Nichols.
This hillbilly play is rich in Ozark Mountain humor. The story reveals the lives of the Fry and Popoff families who have been feuding for years. As summer and the marrying season set in, the females of the Fry family decide they’d better get “hitched” before they end up old maids. After Rossie Belle snatches the one singe male in the hills who is not one of the enemies, her sister Emmy takes steps to find her own man, even if it has to be one of the Poppoff boys.
In order to marry one of the feudin’ Popoffs, Emmy enlists the aid of Mountain Maggie, the local healer, to put an end to the feud. Wise in the ways of human nature, Mountain Maggie convinces widow Maw Fry and widower Pappy Popoff to get over the feudin’. With a little Mountain Maggie love concoction the feud may just end and the marrying can take place while achieving a mountain load of fun.
“This evening of fun is sure to deep you in stitches,” said Menden. “No one can deny the importance of a family wedding, and when the opportunity to wed comes along only once a year, it is no wonder everyone in one specific Ozark community anticipates the season.”
“I cannot wait to perform this one! A Feudin’ Over Yonder has to be one of the most fun plays I have been part of throughout high school. It is sad to think that this is the last high school play for us seniors, but I think we can all agree that it will definitely be a memorable performance for everyone,” said veteran actor Mallory Ratke.
The public is invited to join the cast at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 21 – 22, for an evening of enjoyment.