ARGAN (Dylan Punturo), on couch, pretends to die in front of Guy (Michael Williams), Toniette (Kayla Warner) and Berald (Carter Price) in the Union Mine High School drama department's "The Imaginary Invalid." The play opens Thursday, April 25 at the school's Theater of the Mine at 7:30 p.m. Democrat photo Shelly Thorene


Prognosis is good for ‘The Imaginary Invalid’

By From page B2 | April 22, 2013

What: “The Imaginary Invalid”

Who: Union Mine High School drama department

Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane, El Dorado

When: April 25, 26, 27 and May 2, 3, 4. Doors open at 7 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10 for adults, $8 for high school students and $7 for Union Mine High School students with associated student body cards. Thursday night shows are $5 for high school students

Information: 530-621-4003 ext. 4605

EL DORADO — Dylan Punturo and Kayla Warner are looking forward to their final performances in Union Mine High School drama department’s spring play “The Imaginary Invalid.”

Both seniors, Punturo and Warner have the lead roles in the play.

The production opens Thursday, April 26 at Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado, and runs through May 4 on Thursdays through Saturdays. Doors open at 7 p.m. and curtain at 7:30 p.m.

The three-act comédie-ballet was originally written by French playwright Molière in 1673. The Union Mine production is the re-imagined version crafted in 2011 by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

It is a 1960s mad but comical story about Argan, a hypochondriac who is desperate to survive his many “diseases.”

His wife Béline and the egotistical and narcissistic Doctor Purgon have taken advantage of Argan’s fears and manipulated him to fulfill their own sinister desires. Toinette, who plays Argan’s sassy maid, works with his brother Béralde to save the day.

Punturo plays Argan.

“Argan thinks he has all these problems and is sick but really he’s fine,” said Punturo. “He’s forcing himself to feel physically sick so he doesn’t have to face life.”

Warner plays Toinette. She said Toinette is very “clever” in restoring order at Argan’s life.

“She spends a lot of time trying to convince him that it’s just in head,” said Warner.

Both seniors are thrilled to be performing the lead roles.

“I’m honored to have this as my last play,” said Punturo. He has been in the drama department all four years in high school.

“The last two plays I’ve done were serious roles. This is my first comedy performance and it’s really awesome. I just like making people laugh,” said Punturo.

“It’s going to be hilarious,” said Warner. She was the student director of “Dracula” last fall.

“It’s so positive. This is one of my favorite shows,” said Warner.

Rehearsals have been very “smooth” Punturo noted.

“It’s been very fast paced. The chemistry is there, especially after the first week. We’ve had a couple of rough days, but it’s natural. It’s all coming together,” said Punturo.

The two young adults are ready to pursue their educational paths after high school.

Punturo plans to attend Folsom Lake College in the fall, then transfer to University of California, Santa Cruz, to study herbology.

Warner is already enrolled at California State University, Fullerton, where she plans to seek a degree in education.

Pete Miller, head of the Union Mine High School drama department, said he has worked directly with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the playwrights and the musical composer, Paul James Prendergast, to secure the rights and produce the premiere performance of  “The Imaginary Invalid ” in El Dorado County.

Cast members are Guy (Michael Williams), Angélique (Kayleigh Neff), Louison (Beth Howard), Béline (Rae Begnell), Cléante (Tyler Liming), Mssr. DeBonnefoit (Trey Sturges), Mssr. Disfoirus (Jordan Hyatt-Miller), Thomas Diafoirus (Cyle Sullivan), Béralde (Carter Price), Fleaurant (Shane Bong), Dr. Purgon (Brandon Blarg Smart), Sandrine (Afton Getz), Dreamettes (Ashley Bell, Beth Turnbull and Ally Ennis) and the Minions (Frances Swickard, Sarah Meade, Bianca Zuniga and Dylan Whisler).

The chorus consists of: Taelor Whittington, Cole Fraser, Getz, Bell, Turnbull, Ennis, Swickard, Meade, Zuniga, Whisler, Clair Gregory, Stephanie Lemon, Amanda Fogelman, Alyssa Ramos and Daniel Stevenson.

Working backstage are: Dillon Stalter, stage manager; Marcus Flanagan, sound; Carlie Morris, lights and Joel Heichman and Jesse Wray, backstage hands.

Miller is the director of the play.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for high school students and $7 for Union Mine High School students with associated student body cards. Thursday night shows are $5 for high school students.

For more information about the play or tickets call the high school at 530-621-4003 ext. 4605.

Contact Mike Bush at 530-344-5079 or [email protected] Follow @MBushMtDemo on Twitter. 

Mike Bush

Mike Bush has been a Staff Writer at the Mountain Democrat since August 2011. Follow him on Twitter @MBushMtDemo
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