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The winter stage play at Cleveland High was written by a poet -- originally, for radio

DAVID F. ASHTON - Under Milk Wood director Isabele McTighe leads Cleveland High student actors through physical warm-up exercises in preparation for a rehearsal of the play. The Cleveland High School (CHS) "Company of Warriors" thespians are busily rehearsing for winter and spring plays.

Opening mid-March at the CHS Theater is "Under Milk Wood", originally a 1954 radio drama written by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, which was later adapted for the stage, and then for a motion picture released in 1972.

"This is a story about a town in fictional small Welsh fishing village called 'Llareggub' ('bugger all' spelled backwards), and is a character study in which the audience learns the dreams and innermost thoughts of the inhabitants," explained the show's director, Isabele McTighe.

"Because it was written by a poet, all of the script is written in verse, which provides a good challenge for our student actors," remarked McTighe, as the 14-member cast was doing warm-up movement exercises.

"Interestingly, the focus is as much on the set, costume, and lighting design as it is on the performance of this play," commented CHS Theater Instructor Tom Beckett.

"Under Milk Wood" plays at 7 p.m. on March 16, 17, and 18 – with a matinee on Saturday, March 18, at 1 p.m. Tickets cost twelve dollars for adults, eight dollars for students and seniors, and are available at the door.

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