By JEROD CLAPP
NEW ALBANY —
Deemed completely unnecessary, Dogpatch, USA, is doomed to become the next nuclear munitions test site for the country.
Unless, of course, Li’l Abner can save it.
New Albany High School’s production of “Li’l Abner” opens tonight [Friday]. The story revolves around a town that tries to prove its significance while also telling Abner’s love story.
This is the school’s first show under the direction of Gina Cisto, the director of theatre arts at the school. She said “Li’l Abner” is a production she’s sure audiences will be able to lose themselves in.
“It’s such a fun piece,” Cisto said. “It’s got big choral numbers, really, really fun environments for the audience and it has a lot of different elements that come together that make it a lot of fun for the audience.”
David Kane, a senior, plays Abner. He said the love story that plays out between his character and Daisy Mae, the love interest, is something everyone will be able to relate to.
“It revolves around the love story of Daisy Mae and Abner, so I think it’ll bring everybody back to the first time they fell in love,” Kane said. “There are so many twists that you don’t know if they will end up together or not, but I think everyone will root for them.”
Hannah Hartman, another senior, plays Daisy Mae. She said she thinks her character is a good role model for girls.
“She’s definitely a hopeless romantic like a lot of people,” Hartman said. “She wants to have that relationship with Abner. A lot of people don’t know who that person is to them, but she knew she wanted it with him for a long time.”
Abner tries to prove the town’s worth to Congress through a family tonic produced there, but General Bullmoose, a tycoon out to make a dollar, wants to take the tonic’s formula for himself and make a fortune.
Jacob Domalewski, a sophomore, said he likes playing Bullmoose because he gets to yell at people throughout the show, but also because he thinks audiences will recognize him in their own circles.
“He’s gone through his life being in control and now that he’s retired from the military, he feels powerless,” Domalewski said. “I think they’ll like my character because everyone knows someone like him.”
The show runs Nov. 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 11 in the school’s auditorium.