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Marcellus fall production opens this weekend

The cast members agreed that this year's fall show is for a more serious theatergoer.

"The fall show is straight drama. It's deep wit. Come try it," said Dan Poorman.

The cast of eight brings an interesting mix of talent and experience to the show. Of the five female cast members, two are seniors and three are sophomores. Seniors Caitlin Cooke and Caragh Barry play Rose Arnott and Mrs. Graves, respectively. Cooke said this will be her first time in a lead role. She has been involved in the All-School Show and with Open-Hand Theatre.

"Art is more my thing," she said.

Cooke is well known among her peers for creating illustrations and henna tattoos. She hopes to attend a college with a good equestrian program and is in the process of writing two novels. Barry, in addition to managing the lights for the All-School Show, has been involved with Syracuse's Open-Hand Theatre for eight years and plans to attend college for theatre.

Perry, who portrays housewife Lotty Wilton, has done some acting at the NYS Fairgrounds with Theatre 90, but "I was young then and really shy. This is my first big role, so it's a big step."

Megan Grosholz and Sophia Beratta, both sophomores as well, have performed in the past with Syracuse Children's Theatre and as character actors in Skaneateles' Dickens Christmas. Both can currently be found acting on weekends in Skaneateles through Christmas Eve; Grosholz as a pickpocket and Beratta as a member of the Cratchit family. This is Beratta's second fall show with the high school.

The three male actors are Poorman, a junior; Matt Tompkins and Eddie Powers are sophomores. Poorman has been in "every possible school production since seventh grade." In addition, he works for Full Cast Audio, lending his voice to characters for books on tape. He works with Syracuse author Bruce Coville, who is the founder of Full Cast Audio. In addition to his acting talents, Poorman is a writer. He is currently finishing a novel, which he plans to adapt to a script by the spring of 2009. He hopes to produce, direct and act in his original screenplay as his senior project. He is planning to submit the novel for publication.

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