Ephrata 528 Theatre To Present Fall Production

(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)

The Ephrata Intermediate/Middle School (EMS) 528 theatre will be presenting their fall production titled “Eggplants and Vampires” on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. The agricultural town of Gulch Valley, California, is the self-proclaimed tomato capital of the world, so it only makes sense that the Tomato Jam Café is the hub of activity in town. For instance, famous romance writer Sallie Means, a former resident of Gulch Valley, returns home and sets up her office in the cafe, hoping to overcome her writer’s block and crank out her next bestseller. Oh, did we mention that Walt, who runs the cafe, takes care of more than just his customers? Unbeknownst to anyone else in town, he’s also a friend to vampires, providing them with a safe place to stay when they’re being hunted by vampire hunters and other obsessed citizens. Luckily, their ’special drink’ that Walt keeps for them looks an awful lot like tomato juice! But when the biggest employer in town is bought out, the new management (more like mismanagement!) sends the next crop of tomato plants to Miami and ships eggplants instead. Eggplants instead of tomatoes?! How will the town, and the vampires, survive? The intertwining storylines come fast and funny in this easy-to-stage comedy!

The current cast consists of 27 students from grades fifth though eighth who rehearse every Monday through Thursday for one and a half to two hours a day after school. Eleven students are in support roles such as stage crew, lighting, sound, set construction and costume assistants.


This production of “Egg-plants and Vampires” is directed by Mr. Dan Clark, a fifth grade teacher, who is assisted by Mrs. Terry Kreider, production and technical direction, and Edwin Crockett, student director.

Public shows will be on Friday, November 21 and Saturday, 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the EMS Auditorium. There is an admission cost for adults, students and children.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are (back) Vince Snavely, Natalie Mentzer, Katie Earl, Cody Emrey, Julia Longenecker; (front of bar) Theresa Mull, Tristin Swarr, Michaela Ochieng; (table) Meg McCracken, Julia Rumyantsev and Hannah Galen.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 November 2014 08:53)

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