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Central theater students hope 'Movie Game' brings laughs

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Westerville Central cast members (from left) Patrick Petrilla, Haley Golaszewski, Rachel Eulberg, Caroline Ogle, Justin Schroeder and Kailey Darby rehearse a scene from The Movie Game . Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Nov. 8-10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

The Westerville Central High School Theatre Department is going for laughs this weekend as it presents its production of The Movie Game.

"It's a really funny contemporary play," said Director Michael Fusco." If you love movies, witty dialogue and laughing, this is a great show for you."

The play, written by Adam Hummel, centers on 35-year-old Jack Goldberg, who is unemployed, living with his meddling parents and addicted to movies. In contrast, Jack's longtime best friend Samantha Green, who shares his love of movies, is successful and independent.

When his parents threaten to evict him, Jack visits "psychiatrist to the stars" Dr. Seuz, who decides that the best therapy for Jack's movie addiction is to turn his life into a movie -- in which he is the star and a winner, rather than the loser he thinks he is.

The plot gets out of control when Dr. Seuz selects one of his Hollywood patients as Jack's director.

The production is the work of 37 Westerville Central theater students, Fusco said.

Five of the nine roles have been double cast, with each of the students performing twice. The cast includes Justin Schroeder, Caroline Ogle, Bishop Darby, Rachel Eulberg, Patrick Petrilla, Kailey Darby, Haley Golaszewski, Meghann Kasson and Curtis Kinnell performing today and Saturday, and Justin Schroeder, Rachel Schwanekamp, Meredith Morse, Georgi Seeley, Patrick Petrilla, Kailey Darby, Matthew Tucker, Kristin Yates and Curtis Kinnell performing Friday and Sunday.

The play's technical director is Mark Blessing and the costumer is Jude Berger.

Performances are will 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday, Nov. 8, 9 and 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in the auditorium at Central, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

Tickets are $6.