High School Play Airs Good Gossip

Each year the Martha’s Vineyard High School drama department creates an original play from scratch to be taken to the annual METG high school theatre competition. The play is created by the students, alumni and staff at the high school. This year the troupe is traveling with its largest ensemble to date, 32 students.

But this bit of information is not to taunt readers with tales of fun and glory taking place far from our shores. Next week, beginning Thursday, Feb. 16, and continuing through Saturday night, the group is performing their work for Vineyard audiences at the Regional High School Performing Arts Center.

This year’s play is entitled, Gossip. The story focuses on the social life of a small town, and how the smallest rumor has the potential to go global. The cast of characters include a very private, newly employed teacher, a boisterous Texan who owns a rib joint, a flamboyant gossiping hairdresser, a girl who never talks but seems to have a deep secret, a young rap artist who becomes a sensation overnight, and, of course, three old folks who never leave the general store porch.

Showtimes on Thursday and Friday are at 7 p.m. Saturday performances are at 4 and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10, students and seniors are $7.

Note the play is being rated as PG13 and not be suitable for all audiences due to adult language, content, and humor.