Local students are acting up
by Anne Marie Fuller
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Tracy High School seniors Alissa Brown, 18, and Beau Mantor, 17, rehearse their roles in the Tracy High production of "Check Please," a comedy written by Jonathan Rand. The play is running through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West High School theater at 1775 W. Lowell Ave.   Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
Tracy High School seniors Alissa Brown, 18, and Beau Mantor, 17, rehearse their roles in the Tracy High production of "Check Please," a comedy written by Jonathan Rand. The play is running through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West High School theater at 1775 W. Lowell Ave. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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Tracy High School students Jessica Villela, 16, and Isaiah Suniga, 15, rehearse their roles in the Tracy High production of "Check Please," a comedy written by Jonathan Rand. The play is running through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West High School theater at 1775 W. Lowell Ave.   Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
Tracy High School students Jessica Villela, 16, and Isaiah Suniga, 15, rehearse their roles in the Tracy High production of "Check Please," a comedy written by Jonathan Rand. The play is running through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the West High School theater at 1775 W. Lowell Ave. Anne Marie Fuller/For the Tracy Press
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There is going to be a lot of drama at Tracy’s high schools in the coming months as student theater departments offer a wide variety of entertainment for local families.

Tracy High School’s production of “Check Please,” a comedy by Jonathan Rand, kicked off Thursday. Shows continue at 7 p.m. today and Saturday. The entire run of the production is taking place in the West High School theater, 1775 W. Lowell Ave., as Emma Baumgardner Theater at Tracy High is being renovated. Tickets cost $8, or $5 each for students.

The play follows two main characters, Guy and Girl, through a series of romantic dates that get progressively worse.

“The kids have done an amazing job,” drama teacher Jose Ortiz said.

He noted that students are also working on the musical “Into the Woods” to be performed in April at Kimball High School. Ortiz said Emma Baumgardner Theater may reopen in time for the 2014-15 school year, which begins in August.

Senior Beau Mantor, 17, who plays Guy in “Check Please,” performed in his first Tracy High School production as a freshman. “Check Please” is his sixth and last Tracy High show.

“The play we are doing is really funny,” Mantor said. “During the play, one of the things that might surprise the audience is my foot being licked by the fortune teller, played by Alissa Brown.”

In a couple of weeks, a cast and crew of 55 Kimball High School students will present Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man,” a love story involving con man Harold Hill and small-town librarian Marian Paroo in 1912.

“The students are fully engaged and working beautifully together,” Kimball drama teacher Geri Neylan said.

Four performances of “The Music Man” are scheduled at 7 p.m. March 14, 15, 21 and 22. Students will take the stage in the Kimball High School auditorium, located at 3200 Jaguar Run. Tickets are $10, or $5 for students with identification.

West High School will host a three-school Drama Festival, free to the public, at 7 p.m. March 25 in the school theater. The event will showcase students performing monologues from West, Kimball and Tracy high schools.

“The public will see how kids can grow through the arts,” West High drama teacher Christine Welk said. “This helps the kids with their public speaking, confidence, and increases their acting skills.”

Later this spring, Tracy Learning Center will present “Annie.” Thirty-five charter school students from kindergarten to 12th grade, led by Millennium High School drama teacher Scott Snyder, will take part in the musical.

“The entire show is produced, choreographed and run all by the students,” Snyder said. “This play is based off the traditional Broadway play and will be great to bring the family to see.”

The show opens at 7 p.m. May 2 and continues at 2 and 7 p.m. May 3 and at 2 p.m. May 4. Tickets are $10, or $7 for students, children and seniors. The theater is the school gym at 51 E. Beverly Place.

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