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Students Stage Neil Simon Production
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Jesus Aguiniga, left, and Ryan Choeb portray dinner party guests in a New York apartment, dealing in the second act with hearing the sound of two gunshots from upstairs, and wondering what has become of the Charlie, said partys unseen host. Ric McGinnis/The News

A student directed production of Neil Simon’s “Rumors” was staged earlier this month at Riverbank High School’s Black Box Theatre.

Five performances, including two matinees, were presented by director Layla Sullivan, under the supervision of Drama teacher Lezlie Acker. The matinees were first a student only performance on Thursday, March 8 and a Saturday afternoon showing. The other shows were Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, March 8 through 10.

The story, written as a farce for the Broadway stage in 1988, won several awards, including a Tony for one of its actors.

The RHS cast included Jesus Aguiniga and Citlali Martinez as Ken and Chris Gorman, Katie Larson and Ryan Choeb as Clair and Leonard Ganz, Jorge Yepez and Melanie Hurtado as Glenn and Cassie Cooper, Bryse Allen and Kayla Savory as Irene and Cookie Cusack, respectively. Rounding out the cast were Klarissa Valadez and Rolando Carillo as the police officers who come to investigate gunshots heard at the dinner party of Charlie Brock, Deputy Mayor of New York City, who is celebrating his 10th anniversary.

Silliness, misdirection, rumors, and other hijinks ensued.