‘Anne of Green Gables’ hits Folsom High stage

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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FOLSOM CA - For drama students at Folsom High School, the latest assignment involves ink wells and chalk boards rather than computers and iPods. The students are diving into the classic, “Anne of Green Gables,” opening Friday. Drama instructor Tamara Mosier said she wanted to do a period piece to help offset their modern day musical, “Urine Town,” offered later in the school year. “I wanted something that had a lot of roles for females,” Mosier said. “It’s classic, turn of the century.” According to Mosier, there are 31 actors and more than a dozen behind-the-scenes crew members. “We have about 45 kids involved,” she said. This is Joe Oberg’s fourth play at Folsom High. The 17-year-old senior plays Matthew Cuthbert. “It’s been a really enlightening experience and fulfilling,” he said. “You meet a lot of interesting people.” According to Oberg, he spends one to four hours each night rehearsing for the part. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s worth it in the end,” Oberg said. Emily Parker, 16, is a junior and is playing the part of Anne Shirley. “It’s crazy to play the title role,” she said. “It’s gratifying and exciting.” Parker has five shows under the belt at the high school as well as a few at Sutter Street Theatre. “What’s not to like (about playing Anne)?” she asked. “It’s so fun. I get to play a character that grows up along the way.” How does she get along with the rest of the cast? “I love them,” she laughed. “They are so supportive and talented.” Melissa Brausch, 16, plays Diana Barry. This is the junior’s fourth play at Folsom High. “I love the character,” she said. “She’s so refined. That’s just how she is.” Brausch and Parker are best buddies so it’s only fitting the duo play similar roles on stage. “I love playing the best friend of my best friend,” she said. “This is my first named role. This is the show with the most costumes for me. It’s very different from what I’ve done before. I have lines.” Mosier said students are rehearsing an average of 15 hours each week. “We have some great parents who help feed the kids on dress rehearsal nights,” she said. The show opens Friday, Oct. 18 at the Jill Solberg Theatre at Folsom High School. ----- KNOW AND GO “Anne of Green Gables” When: 7 p.m., Oct. 18-20, 25-27 Where: Jill Solberg Theatre, Folsom High School, Iron Point and Prairie City roads Cost: $10 adults, $8 students, seniors and children RSVP: (916) 984-3723,