ACT's 'Every 17 Minutes the Crowd Goes Crazy' on stage March 21

Dori O'Neal, Herald staff writerMarch 18, 2014 

Every 17 Minutes the Crowd Goes Crazy is a humorous but compelling stage show about a band of siblings abandoned by their parents.

The Academy of Children's Theatre will present the show at 7 p.m. March 21 in ACT's studio at 213 Wellsian Way in Richland.

"This is one of my favorite scripts for high school students," said director Julie Schroeder. "It is appropriate, but very edgy and quirky. It runs a gamut of emotions such as fear, sadness, hope, denial and loyalty."

The family of siblings tries to make sense of their parents reasons for running away from home and abandoning them, Schroeder said.

The 14-member cast includes Brandon Harbo as Josh, Jewel Bressler as Gabby, Hannah Fewel as Wendy and Taryn Harkness plays Stevie.

Carver Lenz plays Jimmy, Sarah Ullmann portrays Ann, Darby Miller is J.P. and Megan Thompson is Betsy.

Also, Efrain Portugal plays John, Mackenzie Hilmes is Cora, Whiney Holland is Maureen, Yzabelle Tow plays Ulie, Alex Veysey is Dan and Caleb Lyon is Dave.

"Each sibling struggles with personal and mental issues of their own," Schroeder said. "This was a good challenge for this cast who had to get inside the minds of the family member they were portraying.

"Seeing these students confront and conquer these challenges and emerge with more confidence is the reason I walk through these doors every day."

Tickets are $6 and sold at the door. The box office opens at 6:30 p.m.

-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514;; Twitter: @dorioneal

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