WANT TO GO?
"Friday Night Live"
Presented by Charleston High School Theater Department
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE: Capital High School Performing Arts Center
INFO: 304-348-6504 ext.156CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- On Tuesday afternoon, 20 theater students met in the auditorium at Capital High School to go over skits they've been working on for weeks and to take instruction. That wouldn't seem so strange if school hadn't ended less than two weeks ago or if some of these students weren't recent graduates.
But there they were, practicing lines, working on their delivery, fine-tuning blocking and taking direction.
On Friday night, Capital revives "Friday Night Live," a sketch comedy extravaganza largely written, directed, produced and performed by students of the school's theater department -- with some oversight by Theater Director Kristopher G. Corbett and several Capital alumni, including Leah Turley, Creative Artistic Director for the Appalachian Artists Collective.
"This is their show," Turley said. "The less interference, the better."
However, as of Tuesday afternoon, the show was still a work in progress.
With just a few days to go, the group was running through skits, figuring out where to place them in the show and which of the 25 or so pieces needed to be cut. Some were more or less ready to go, needing only modest adjustment. The group wasn't so sure about other skits.
The process seemed vaguely democratic.
"If we cut something because it's not ready, we can save it for next year," Turley told the crowd.
For a high school production, the comedy was pretty bold, occasionally a bit crass, but relatively clean. The only bit that seemed to rattle Turley at all was a bit about Bill Clinton talking about abstinence education.
She wanted to talk a little more about that one, but overall, she thought they had pretty funny stuff.
"The kids are hilarious," she said.