Theater proves enchanting to drama club members

February 19, 1998


Staff Writer, Waynesboro

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Jackie Rebok, a senior at Greencastle-Antrim High School, wants to make theater her career and a lot of the kids in her school's drama class think she has the talent and drive to make it.

"I also know how to wait on tables," said Rebok, 18. She is playing Isabel, an evil, greedy sister, in "The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast," the children's musical that the drama class is putting on this weekend at the school.

"It's a really funny part," said Rebok, who hopes one day to become a character actress.

"She's really got talent," said senior Christine Mellinger, 18, who plays the beauty in the play.

"Jackie puts a lot into it. She's really dedicated," said Andrea Russell, 18, another senior, who plays Marguerite, another evil, greedy sister.


Rebok, who has been to Broadway, said she saw "Phantom of the Opera" twice and "Grease" once, but her favorite play is "Les Miserables."

"I like the music," she said before breaking into a number from the play a cappella, unfazed by the circle of classmates surrounding her.

Rebok takes voice lessons and will attend Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where she plans to study drama.

She also designed most of the sets for the play.

Few of her classmates in the club see the theater in their futures.

Rachael Ott, 17, plays the evil old woman who changes the prince into a beast. She wants to go to the University of Pittsburgh to become a chiropractor.

"My stage career ends after this play. I put a lot of hours in the drama club and I've made a lot of friends, but I can't sing," said Ott, who wants to run track in college.

Keith Long, who plays the part of the beast, said while he likes being in the drama club, he won't make acting his career.

"I don't think I'm going to stay in it. You can't make enough money. Only about 2 percent of the people who go into acting make it big," Long said.

Jonathan Furukawa, a 17-year-old junior, has two roles - the prince and the clock.

He joined the drama club as a freshman. This is his second play. The director of lighting and sound systems for the drama club plays, he wants to become an engineer.

"I like the drama club. It lets you be someone you're not, someone totally different. I like acting, but I don't know if it will be a big part of my life. I like the technical aspect of the theater too," Furukawa said.

Furukawa, like most drama club members, is active in school activities. He's in the school band, choir, Environmental Club, Odyssey Club and the Pennsylvania Youth Education Association.

"I used to put on two plays a year, but it's becoming too much for the students," said Kevin R. Carley, drama club director. "Most of these students are in the National Honor Society and a lot of other school activities. Instead of two smaller shows, we now do one big production like this one," he said.

The actors have been rehearsing after school for two hours, four days a week and on Saturdays, Carley said.

"They work hard, but they enjoy it. This is the best cast I've had in the seven shows I've directed here," he said.

"The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students.

There will be a special showing Monday for Greencastle-Antrim elementary school students.

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