Upcoming play is a “Director’s Nightmare”

Directors Nightmare

BAKER CITY — This director has a problem.

The play opens in five days. Only half the costumes have arrived. The set isn’t finished. Many of her cast members are out sick with “the kissing disease.”

And if the principal doesn’t like this school production of “Les Misérables,” the drama department will be cut.

“In spite of the fact that everything that could go wrong has, I have complete faith,” the director, played by Isabella Evans, tells her small cast.

Then further chaos ensues in this one-act comedy “Director’s Nightmare” presented by the youth of Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre.

Shows run for four nights: 7 p.m. Nov. 16-18 and 3 p.m. Nov. 19. Performances are held in the Iron Gate Theatre, located upstairs in Basche-Sage Place, 2101 Main St. (An elevator is available.)

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students or $25 for a family (two adults and two children). They can be purchased at Betty’s Books, Random Resales, at the door and at bakerlivetheatre.com. The play is sponsored by St. Luke’s Eastern Oregon Medical Associates.

As the play begins, the director explains that, despite all that has gone wrong, her lucky pocket watch will save the day. Then scene after scene ends in disaster as the kids try to act out a non-musical version of “Les Misérables.”

“No songs, because no one can carry a tune in this town!” Evans exclaims.

In one scene, Reese Hatfield plays the prisoner Jean Valjean and the director continually tells him to drop the accent — so he just switches to another, going from French to German to Italian to Deep South.

And then there is the set builder, played by Doug Evans. He thinks the stage is set perfectly for such a short play — which he calls Les Miserables, pronounced phonetically. When the director flips through the script, it’s revealed that he thought “Act II” was a whole different play.

As opening night nears, the director throws up her hands and quits — but that’s exactly what whips the cast into shape.

The cast of “Director’s Nightmare” includes Justin Wolfe, Paige Wolfe, Alexandrea Zemmer, Hannah Gotzman, Riley Shaw, Ellie Lamb, Lincoln Nemec and Neah Thomas. The crew consists of director Leanne Hinkle, assistant director Lily Hoelscher, Michael Dean on lights and sound, Lisa Ensworth as prompter and acting coach and stage hands Sebastian Cole and Cherie Evans.

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