The madcap adventures of a boy and his eccentric aunt unfolded on the stage at Zionsville Community High School when the Performing Arts Dept. presented the comedy “Auntie Mame” April 27-28.
Based on a novel by Patrick Dennis and adapted for the stage by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee, “Auntie Mame” tells the story of an eccentric socialite who finds her madcap lifestyle turned upside down when she is made the guardian of her orphaned nephew, Patrick. Taking him on one whirlwind adventure after another, Auntie Mame watches Patrick grow into a man and tries to rescue him from the stuffy, conventional lifestyle toward which he is heading.
“‘Auntie Mame’ has touched the hearts and tickled the funny bones of audiences everywhere,” said director Elizabeth Ruddell.
ZCHS senior Kellen Robinson played the role of Mame, and her nephew is played by freshman Jack Horn and sophomore Caleb Brown. The show included a cast of more than 40 students portraying the colorful characters Mame encounters, including seniors Austin Rauchber, Tom Miller, Megan Pozywio, Gracie Barnes, Seth Miller and Hailey Gibson; juniors Elizabeth Mitchell, Ben Hansen and Hannah Biggs; sophomores Max McCreary, Annie Weidner, Thomas Anderson and Mia Kaehler; and freshman Grace Ruddell.
The production unfolded under Ruddell’s direction with junior Katie Bays serving as student director and senior Andrea Jones as student producer. Senior Will Colling led the stage crew, which included junior Jessica Ilaria as stage manager and senior Mark Schmidt as production manager.