KJSHS drama club performs spring play

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Shelbie Price (right) acts as the director of the play within a play that was the KJSHS drama club's performance of "The Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar." 

What do you get when you combine Shakespeare with a high school drama queen? A delightful play within a play that blends classic Shakespearean lines with the crazy antics of high school.

The Kemmerer Junior Senior High School Drama Club performed “The Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar” last weekend.

The play was written by Dave Hammers, and the Kemmerer students’ production was directed by Rachel Gifford.

The play follows a high school drama club’s production of “Julius Caesar,” which goes awry when the most popular girl in school mishears the title of the play.

“Julia Caesar” decides the play should be set at a high school in Rome, Georgia, complete with nerds, goths, jocks and the popular kids.

Afton Orvin and Hajira Naveed play Cassius and Marcia Brutus, who conspire to kill Julia Caesar, the most popular girl at a high school in Rome, Georgia.

But the hilarity doesn’t end there.

The exasperated directors continue to lose control of the play as the cast wanders ever further from the script.

The conspirators learn Julia Caesar has a shellfish allergy, so they carry out the assassination by stabbing her with lobsters.

Julia isn’t satisfied with being betrayed, so she rewrites the script, making sure that Caesar’s ghost continues to appear in nearly every scene after her death. She even stars in impromptu dance numbers to “I Will Survive” and “Cupid Shuffle.”

Caesar gets her revenge when Marcia Brutus is forced to eat a peanut butter sandwich, which she is allergic to.

The drama about high school popularity may not have been exactly what Shakespeare (or the play within a play’s student directors) intended.But hey, “all the world’s a stage.”

Olivia Seiler lets out a maniacal laugh as her character decides to hijack the drama club’s production.

Jeydon Boyd and Shelbie Price play the directors of the play within a play at the KJSHS drama club’s March 9 performance of “The Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar.”

The conspirators stab Julia Caesar with lobsters during the production. 

The KJSHS drama club performed “The Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar” on March 8 and 9. 

The cast of “The Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar” breaks into a performance of the “Cupid Shuffle” at Saturday’s show.

The cast of “The Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar” breaks into a performance of the “Cupid Shuffle” at Saturday’s show.

Jeydon Boyd, one of the directors of the play within a play, asks about the "unapproved" script changes. 

Marcia Brutus, played by Hajira Naveed, eats a peanut butter sandwich in the "Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar." 

The cast of the Kemmerer Junior Senior High School drama club's "Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar." 

The cast of the Kemmerer Junior Senior High School drama club's "Tragicomedy of Julia Caesar."