A Neil Simon farce is on tap for the fall play at Centennial High School.

The prolific playwright's "Rumors," which opened on Broadway in November 1988, will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 9-11, in the auditorium at the school, 1441 Bethel Road.

General admission tickets are $5, according to Andrew Martin, now in his second year as the drama instructor at the school in northwest Columbus.

Martin said he chose the Simon play, which centers on a house party in the townhouse of New York City's deputy mayor, because it calls for an ensemble cast and allows his student actors to show their comedic talents.

"They've been really enthusiastic about the whole process," he said.

Senior Kara DeVol plays the role of Cassie Cooper, an insecure trophy wife to Glenn Cooper, who is running for the state senate.

"She's kind of crazy, honestly," Kara said of her character. "She has a sort of super bipolar personality."

Playing the part has been a bit of a stretch, DeVol said, because while she enjoys attention the way Cassie does, she's not at all argumentative.

"It's really hard for me because I'm not really like this character," Kara said.

Glenn Cooper is played by senior Kitano Watkins.

"He's a politician by nature," Watkins said. "He's charming and deceptive at the same time.

"He loves when other people talk about him."

Junior Caitlyn McKibben is serving as stage manager for "Rumors," having been an assistant stage manager in previous Centennial productions.

"It's mostly just a leadership position, keeping everybody in the crew on task," McKibben said. "It's a lot of fun."

The next show by Centennial students will be the musical "Footloose" in March.

"Basically as soon as ("Rumors") closes we'll be doing dance workshops with the kids," Martin said.

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