MHS Drama Brews Up First Fall Production

by Elizabeth Pitts-Hibbard

Marlow High School drama department will present “The Pony Expresso, or The Villain Came to a Grinding Halt” on September 29 and October 1 at 7pm at the Marlow First Baptist Church worship center.

The play, written by Rachel Davidson and directed by Paula McConnell, is a comedic melodrama filled to the brim with puns and jokes centering around the Pony Expresso, a friendly coffee establishment run by Star Bright and Aunt Dee Caff that is struggling due to a local competitor.

“But the citizens are falling ill to an unexplained fainting disease. (It’s strange... they feel good ’til the last drop),” reads the synopsis provided by Pioneer Drama Service. “Luckily, Buck Brawn, our handsome hero, bravely investigates the mysterious health dilemma. Things come to a boil when Mo and Fifi hear that Star and Dee are destined to become rich — the railroad plans to make the Pony Expresso the new train station! When Mo and Fifi devise a plan that almost destroys them, the beans are spilled. Justice prevails as love brews between Star and Buck, who decide to marry and rename the Pony Expresso to honor their relationship: Buckstar Coffee! (Or something like that!)”

The cast includes: Emma Samples as Star Bright; Hannah McInvale as Dee Caff; McKenna Travis as Barb Dwyer; Jordan Tyler Brown as Buck Brawn; Jackson Witt at Mayor Rich Coffee; Katelyn Cullum as Sugar; Lylly Anderson as Spice; Bryce Duncan as Mo Cabana; Ani Nelson as Fifi Latte; Mikey Weston as Doc Cappuccino; and Tyler Hertzler as Palomino Paul.

The Marlow High School Stagecraft Class provided set construction for the production. The class consists of Ella Beesley, Amy Blevins, Gavin Cain, Maya Cantwell, Brianna Dalrymple, Kylie Fisher, Jesika Friedl, Morgan Lane, Estrella Molina, Conner Murrah, Carlee Norton, Jeffrey Standridge, McKenna Travis, Emily Trimble, Emma Weston, and Mikey Weston. Lights and sound are provided by Randy Brown of First Baptist Church.

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