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Johnsburg students perform 'Lost in Yonkers'

Published: Monday, April 21, 2014 11:18 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:24 a.m. CDT

JOHNSBURG – Johnsburg High School will end its theatre season with Neil Simon’s Tony award winning comedy "Lost in Yonkers" with performances on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and two performances on Saturday April 26, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Set in 1942 Yonkers, New York, the play tells the story of two teenage boys, Jay, played by junior Jacob Artner and Arty, played by sophomore Robert Burke who are forced to live with their overly stern and vindictive Grandma Kurnitz, played by senior Chloe Hurckes and their emotionally stunted Aunt Bella, played by sophomore Anastatia Brown, because their father, Eddie, played by senior Sean DeGroot must travel selling scrap iron in order to pay of a loan shark.

Uncle Louie played by freshman Hayden Hamsher moves back into his mother’s apartment to hide out from some small-time gangsters and Aunt Bella has fallen in love with an usher from a local movie theater and arranges for the entire family to gather so that she can try to convince her mother to loan her a large sum of money so that she and her friend can open up a restaurant. Included in the cast is Aunt Gert, played by senior Erin Rooney.

The play is being produced in three-quarter in-the-round with general admission seats surrounding most of the set.  Additionally, the theatre space has been closed off to create a more intimate theatre space for the audience. The audience will be very close to Grandma Kurnitz’s apartment and experience the play as close as possible.

Performances are Friday April 25 at 7:30pm and two performances on Saturday, April 25, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Johnsburg High School’s Theatre-In-The-Round Auditorium at 2002 W. Ringwood Road in Johnsburg.

General admission tickets are $8 dollars for adults and $5 dollars for students and senior citizens. For more information call Paul Hanrahan at 815-385-9233.

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