“Don’t Drink the Water”

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<p>Kendra Tracy and Austin Keith</p>
<p>Zach Blanton, Danielle Bridges, Landon Watson and Kendra Tracy</p>
<p>Kendra Tracy and Austin Keith</p>

The Greenwood High School Drama department will present Don’t Drink the Water a play written by Woody Allen on May 2nd and 3rd. The show is a cascade of comedy and was a solid hit on Broadway. The plot takes place inside an American embassy behind the Iron Curtain. An American tourist and caterer by trade, Walter, his wife, Marion, and daughter, Susan, rush into the embassy two steps ahead of the police, who suspect them of spying and taking pictures of secret military property. However, the embassy is not much of a refuge since the ambassador is absent and his son, Axel, who is now in charge, has been expelled from a dozen countries and the continent of Africa. Nevertheless, they carefully and frantically plot their escape, with a couple of very interesting plot twists along the way.

Tim Peerbolte is the Drama Teacher at Greenwood High School, as well as director of the production. “I am extremely lucky to have such talented students,” Peerbolte said. The cast contains twenty high school students, who have been rehearsing for several months and have dedicated their time after school three days a week. “When you have a talented cast, it makes a director’s job so much easier. “

The Greenwood Performing Arts Center has seating for 1,303 people; however, the department will create a unique experience for the audience by setting up seventy-five chairs on stage to produce a more intimate environment. “Don’t worry we are not going to pull audience members on stage or anything like that, it is not that kind of show,” Peerbolte says. “You just get a different perspective of the show when you are only a few feet away from the actors; it makes it feel more real when it is right in front of you.”

Don’t Drink the Water will be performed at the Greenwood Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 2nd and Friday, May 3rd. Doors to the Performing Arts Center will open at 6 p.m. and the show will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the door or can be reserved by leaving a message at the box office, 479-996-2684. Please note that seating is limited for each performance. All proceeds go to the Greenwood Drama Department.

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