Hilliard Northwest News

Davidson to stage 'epic' showbiz comedy Nov. 9-10


The Hilliard Davidson High School theater department will present the comedy Epic Proportions at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and Saturday, Nov. 10, at the high school's Performing Arts Center, 5100 Davidson Road.

It is the second time Trace Crawford has directed the comedy that Larry Coen and David Crane wrote. Crane is a co-creator of the Emmy Award-winning TV series, Friends.

Epic Proportions was among the first shows Crawford directed.

"It worked well the first time and I thought it a good time to do it again," said Crawford, who has been the drama director and an English teacher at Davidson High School for the past eight years.

Epic Proportions is set in Great Depression-era Arizona and tells the story of two brothers who travel to the state to participate as extras in an "epic" movie.

But through a series of mishaps, one brother ends up directing and the other stars in the film. Both become smitten with the same woman, an assistant director in charge of the cast of extras, Crawford said.

"Along the way there are gladiator battles, the 10 plagues and a cast of thousands," he said.

An off-Broadway production played in 1986, the show enjoyed a short Broadway stint in 1999.

The script recently was optioned for a feature film but has since been abandoned, Crawford said.

"We think it will be a real crowd pleaser," said Crawford, who said the 90-minute play, including an intermission, is appropriate for families.

Nick Slaughter (Benny) and Sam McTurner (Phil) will play the brothers who travel to Arizona. Carlie Meyers is cast as Louise, the assistant director.

Other principle roles include Emily Prior as the Queen and Nick Faltas as D.W. DeWitt.

Diana Vance is the technical director.

Tickets at the door are $5, $3 for senior citizens.