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Basehor-Linwood High School debuts winter play

February 20, 2014

— "Holder Posey, The Felonious Photographer" is the tale of a traveling photographer and his attempt to rob the Golden Spittoon Saloon, and the winter play production is turning the Basehor-Linwood auditorium into a roaring western saloon.

The melodrama, scheduled to show Feb. 20, 21 and 22 at Basehor-Linwood High School, will feature over-the-top acting, loads of humor and an ample amount of audience participation.

"Holder Posey" is the second production of the 2013-14 school year. Director Rebecca Knowles and her staff have only been preparing for this play since the beginning of January.

The cast of 21 actors is led by Tanner Tavis, who plays Holder Posey, MaryBeth Pedroza, who plays Candide Cameron, Zach Fisher, who plays the hero Drew DeLine, and Tess Grabill, who plays the sweetheart Ida Claire Yawl.

"They have really gotten into their parts," Knowles said of her students, who have all taken on a Western twang accent.

The play stands in stark contrast to the first production of the year, in which the school put on "Shrek, The Musical." "Holder Posey" is a much lesser known production, but Knowles said it has a lot of appeal because of its wit and unique story.

"Plus it's a Western," she said, "which just makes it that much more fun."

Tavis plays Holder Posey, who visits a small Western town posing as an honest photographer. His mixed intentions become clear immediately as Tavis begins interacting with the other characters.

"Playing this sort of over-the-top villain is really fun," Tavis said.

Fisher said the audience will be entertained by the drama of play accompanied by its exaggerated lines and narrative.

"It's a serious drama, but it's funny because of all the ridiculous situations," he said.

The show is scheduled this week at BLHS on Feb. 20, 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $4 for children, students and seniors and $5 for adults.

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