Senior Showcase

Actors in the Senior Showcase are, front from left, Sofia Rocha, Natalie Shillinger, Jessica Hadley and Elyse Linder; back, from left, Ella Windmiller, Emily Jensen and Grace Barnard.

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The Santa Ynez High School Theatre Group seniors, fresh off their spring production of William Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing," will step into the breach again for two evenings of short comic scenes and plays in an evening titled "Once More, Twice."

A semiannual event, the Senior Showcase is being revived for the first time in three years at the request of the senior class actors.

"The seniors weren't ready to hang it up after the closing of 'Much Ado,'" said Jeff McKinnon, Theatre Group director. "The spring play ended early this year due to scheduling demands, so the opportunity is there. I am delighted they want to do it, as this group of students is one of the most fun to work with I've ever had. We are all pretty fired up to work together one last time."

A "one-act" collection of short comic plays and scenes, "Once More, Twice" will draw material from the stage, and for the first time in a showcase will include scenes from the silver screen. Playwrights such as David Ives, Nina Shengold along with screenwriter/director Preston Sturges will be represented with their witty, irreverent and sometimes madcap sketches.

"After the technical discipline and endurance demands of performing Shakespeare, the actors are ready to cut loose and have some fun," McKinnon added. Most of the Senior Theatre Group actors will be represented, along with "a few surprises and cameos," he said.

A traditionally casual and high-spirited affair, the Senior Showcase's purpose has always been to have "one last fling, one last party, before saying goodbye," McKinnon said. "Come prepared to laugh, cry and have a great time with these fabulous people I've had the honor to work with and grown to love these past four years."

"Once More, Twice" will be performed Thursday and Friday, April 27 and 28, at 7 p.m. in the SYVUHS Little Theatre. General admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the box office before the performances. This program may not be suitable for younger children.

For more information call 688-6487, ext. 2361.

This report was compiled by Mary Ann Norbom. You can reach her at


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