Students to perform Poe adaptation

Published 3:23 pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

Shown is the cast of "Usher," which will be performed next week at Demopolis High School.

The Demopolis High School Tigers Art Guild will perform “Usher” on Thursday, Nov. 15, Saturday, Nov. 17 and Sunday, Nov. 18 at the DHS Auditorium. The shows on Thursday and Saturday will be at 7 p.m. and the Sunday show will be at 2 p.m.

The play combines several works of Edgar Allan Poe into a teen-savvy comedy loosely based on “The Fall of the House of Usher” but with more laughs and a much brighter ending.

After the bus breaks down on a dark and stormy night, a bunch of high school students on a field trip are forced to spend the night in the spooky house of Usher. But they’re not alone.

Chase Compton plays the "Red Death" in DHS production of "Usher."

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The spirits of Usher ancestors haunt the halls, cursed to stay trapped in the house forever, unless someone helps the last surviving Usher find the will to truly live life. Along with a healthy dose of entertaining teen drama, Usher touches on some weighty issues that haunt the nightmares of most teens — isolation, loneliness, suicide and peer pressure.

But lighten up, it’s a comedy after all. With characters drawn from classics such as “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Tell Tale Heart,” “Annabel Lee” and some lesser-known works, there are countless winks, nudges and nods to the Master of Horror.

Tickets for the play are $6.

Cast members include:

•Sam Renner

•Andy Tarpley

•Leroy Jones

•Bryant Beach

•Chase Compton

•Jed Jones

•Harry Gaitor

•Leif Midgordon

•Taylor Simpson

•Evi Zamora

•Kylee Kinard

•Garrett Miller

•Michael McAdams

•Kychyria Wheeler

•Bryant Beach

•Alex Poole

•Kayla Cochran

•Meredith Hill

•Kaitlyn Waldrop

•Maira Cardenas

•Shannon Pittman

•Reid Claire Stein

•Emilee Griffith

•Emmy Cameron