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Chiawana puts on its first production

Chiawana High School will present its first drama production Nov. 13 with a dessert theater in the school's black box theater.

The new high school, which opened in September, will present Chiasco's Cafe for its inaugural show. It will feature drama students from both Pasco and Chiawana high schools performing scenes from Jonathan Rand's two one-act plays, Check Please and Check Please: Take Two.

Drama director Todd Westendorf decided to make the school's first play a smaller production in the black box, rather than the new state-of-the-art auditorium.

Westendorf decided to hold off a while on a full length play until he knows how many drama students he'll have to work with this year, he said.

Because he splits his drama teaching time between Pasco and Chiawana, many of Pasco High's drama students also will be involved in Chiawana's productions.

"It's going to take some time to build the drama department here at Chiawana because it's a new school," Westendorf said.

Chiasco's Cafe will offer 16 scenes revolving around a guy and girl and their various dates. The scenes are laced with music provided by professional Tri-City musicians.

"It'll be just like the audience is part of the cafe," Westendorf said. "And we have some awesome musicians playing for us."

Tri-City musicians Frank and Debi Eng will play for the Nov. 13-14 shows and Matthew Polk for the Nov. 20-21 shows.

"Not only are the scenes funny and charming," Westendorf said, "the actors will be in the audience the entire evening."

Three types of desserts will be served provided by Pasco High's consumer foods department.

Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available at the door.

◗ Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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