Young Clymer actors create scene at board meeting

Clymer Central School seniors Victoria Neckers, left, and Mallory Deuink act out a scene from “We Shook the Family Tree,” a lighthearted comedy play the school will present Nov. 20, 21 and 25 at 7 p.m. Neckers will play the role of Hildegarde Dolson, the sister of Deuink’s character, Sally Dolson. The Clymer students attended Monday’s school board meeting to promote the upcoming performances. Journal photo by Erin Passinger

CLYMER, N.Y. — Two Clymer Central School seniors literally took center stage Monday night during a board of education meeting.

Victoria Neckers and Mallory Deuink acted out a scene from an upcoming school play the students will present Nov. 20, 21, and 25 at 7 p.m. in the student performance center.

“We Shook the Family Tree” features a cast of 14 students in grades eight, 11 and 12, and tells the story of Hildegarde Dolson, who is played by Neckers, and her desperate efforts to attract a date for a school dance that doesn’t go the way she planned.

Hildegarde’s sister, Sally Dolson, who is played by Deuink, tries to help the situation the best she can.

“It’s kind of a slapstick, lighthearted comedy,” said Clymer teacher and play director Elaine Caflisch.

The play takes place in 1946 and was written by Hildegarde Dolson, who was born and raised in Franklin, Pa. She attended Allegheny College in Meadville and mentions family visits to the Chautauqua Institution in many of her writings.

Play admission is $5 for students, adults and seniors; and free for preschoolers.

Also during the Nov. 20 performance, a ham dinner will be served by the junior class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

See the Journal's Tuesday, November 10th edition for full story.

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