By Laura Walker
NEW KNOXVILLE -- Soap opera life, humor and true friendship are the themes of New Knoxville High School's play "Virtual Soap."
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the high school auditorium.
"So you come here often, Nurse Frothy?" says Dr. Teeoff, played by junior Rob Weist during a rehearsal Monday.
Sarcastically, senior Abby Coulter, playing a nurse, responds, "Get a life, Dr. Teeoff."
"Did I miss something here, Gemma?" the doctor questions a second nurse, junior Laura Mittler. "Yes. Your brain," replies Gemma.
"Well, I guess it's past your bedtimes. I guess I am too much for you," says the doctor.
Gemma fades out saying "Too much for me? Too much for me? Too much for me?," as Rover, played by junior Meredith Eshelman, fumbles with a computer program and brings nurse Gemma back to life.
"Too much for me. That's a laugh," shouts Frothy. "You tell 'em, Gemma. I'm tired of these male boors."
These characters are part of the virtual soap opera produced holographically by college students in the play. It continues as the students must make a new program to convince the board to let Professor Flitwick continue running the lab.
According to drama club adviser Nancy Fiegel, the play offers a chance for students to mix and mingle with different groups of friends.
Freshman Joey Longley, who is in charge of the spotlight, commented that he has made friends throughout practices.
Fiegel said the script was chosen because it was adaptable and had a large cast. There are 56 students involved from cast to crew to promotions, about one-third of the high school.
"The students have practiced since the beginning of September and we are down to working out the details," Fiegel said. "Everyone knows their lines, now it is just a matter of making sure everyone is seen and heard."
Tickets can be purchased from cast members and at the school office. Pre-sale tickets cost $3 for students and $4 for adults; all tickets at the door will be $4. For more information contact Fiegel at 419-753-2431.