From first read to final curtain

The cast of 'Cheaper By the Dozen' takes its curtain call at its first performance. The cast included students from grades three through 12.

A photographic journey through the production of IHS Drama Club's 'Cheaper By the Dozen'ILWACO - Though called an IHS Drama Club production, "Cheaper by the Dozen" was really a district-wide endeavor, with cast and crew being chosen from all five schools.

More Photos To see all the play photos click here: (Play Pictures)But what does it take to put on a play? For those of you who haven't been active in drama in your lifetime, it's an interesting question. For those of you who have taken part in such productions, you know. Is it really as easy as it looks? What do the kids really have to do? What happens when the curtain goes up for the first time and down for the last time?

This was the idea that I took with me into this project, which began only seven weeks ago. I decided I wanted to document the production from first read, to first show. And thanks to the generosity of directors Kelly Jacobsen and Bob Walters, I was welcomed in.

It took a little bit of time with the kids, who seemed to be a bit suspicious when I attended the tryouts in the IHS music room, but over the last few weeks I can say that for the most part, I was able to attain "fly on the wall" status amongst the cast, which made what I was doing very easy.

It also didn't hurt that this is one fun and exuberant bunch of kids who really wanted to do something good. Hope you enjoy.

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