Preview: Ambridge High School rehearses 'Curtains'

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Ambridge High School is performing “Curtains” this year.

“The script is very funny and keeps you on your toes,” said senior Brooke Neal.

Neal is playing Carmen in the show.

“Her overall attitude is so fun to play.  She is very direct and in charge,” said Neal. 

Senior Cody Brooks is playing Lt. Frank Cioffi.

“My character is a Boston police lieutenant, and a Boston accent is not easily done.  I also have a lot of lines, and memorizing all of them is a challenge,” said Brooks.

Ambridge’s director of 13 years, Lora Oxenreiter, has worked in every aspect of theater but enjoys directing high school shows the best.

“I particularly love directing high school students because you can follow their journeys over the four years of participation.  That’s exciting,” said Oxenreiter.

Last year’s cast had 80 students.  This year’s cast is much smaller, which Oxenreiter enjoys.

“Working with a smaller group gives me a chance to work more closely with the students,” said Oxenreiter.

Ambridge’s production of “Curtains” will run March 7-9 at 7:30 p.m. and March 10 at 3 p.m.  For the seniors, it’s bittersweet.  The students are excited to perform their final shows, but they’re sad this is their last year.

“My cast is amazing.  We’ve all grown up together, so we’re pretty close,” said Neal.

“They’re my family away from home, and we all love each other,” said Brooks.