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November 15, 1999

'Odd Couple' at BEHS

The Tattoo

Odd things are happening at Bristol Eastern High School.

The fall play this year -- Neil Simon's The Odd Couple --
will have a male and a female version, with two separate

The BEHS Thespians decided to have two shows for two
reasons. First, Simon wrote his original version of The Odd
Couple in 1965 for Broadway. It starred Walter Matthau and
Art Carney. But Simon rewrote the play in 1975 because he
wanted Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno to take part.

Secondly, Al Jones, BEHS drama director, said it would have
been unfair to either the boys or the girls if one show were
done over the other because the small casts are mostly one
sex or the other.

Both plots of the play and the locale are the same, but the
jokes and situations are different.

The Odd Couple is about two people who are divorced from
their spouses because they can't stand each others' personal
habits. One is too neat and the other is a complete slob.

They decided to move in together for the same reasons they
got divorced from their previous mates.

"We think it's a funny play," said senior Molly Scannell, who
plays Olive, the slobbish female lead. "We put lots of hard
work into it and we hope lots of people come see it."

Jones aid each cast gets the opportunity to watch the other
cast and gain insight into each others' jokes, dialect and

"It has been an educational experience for the kids," said
Jones. "It's an exciting production because we've never done
two shows at once."

The female cast consists of eight students with the leads of
Florence and Olive played by seniors Sara Madden and
Scannell. The other characters are Renee, played by senior
Colleen Younghams; Sylvie by senior April Street; Vera by
senior Carolyn Choi; Mickey by senior Hila Yosafi; Jesus by
junior John Dickman; and Manolo by junior Ken Asensio.

The leads in the male cast are Oscar, played by junior Chris
Duprey and Felix, played by senior Joe Wilbur. The rest of
the male cast consists of Speed, played by senior Alan
Aubin; Murray, by senior Dave Skovran; Roy by junior
Brendan Sullivan; Vinnie, by junior Craig LaRue;
Gwendolyn, by junior Kelly Osborne; and Cecily, by junior
Chantelle Garzone.

Tickets are available for $5 at the door or by calling the
BEHS music department at 584-7860. One ticket gets you
into both shows.

The girls take the stage on Nov. 26 and Dec. 4. The boys get their shot on Nov. 27 and Dec. 3. Shows start at 7 p.m.