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'The Beaux' Stratagem' takes the stage Oct. 3 at West Campus

McHenry High School’s West Fall Play, “The Beaux’ Stratagem,” opens at 7 p.m. Thursday and continues through Saturday (Oct. 5) at the West Campus auditorium. Tickets are $8 adults, and $6 students/seniors.

Thursday Oct. 3 is Student Night and students who attend are entered into a drawing for an assortment of prizes. Show times are: 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Saturday.

The comedy by George Farquhar, first performed in London in 1707, tells the story of two young men who, having spent all their money by living too well, leave London and roam from town to town in search of love and fortune. In order to find a wealthy heiress for at least one of them, they pose as master and servant – exchanging roles from one town to the next.

In Lichfield, Aimwell (Jonny Krug, W12) is the master and Archer (Nathan Bodecker, E12) the servant, and there they meet the lovely, wealthy Dorinda (McKenzie Scott, 11W) and her equally desirable sister-in-law, Mrs. Sullen (Kylee O'Brien, W12). They set their caps for these women, but problems abound. 

Mrs. Sullen is married to a drunken sot (David Henry, 11W) who despises her; the innkeeper (Chase Gray, 9E)'s saucy daughter, Cherry (Kennedi Lucas, 11W), has set her cap for Archer; Dorinda's mother-in-law, Lady Bountiful (Anna Knecht, 12W), mistakenly believes herself to be a great healer of the sick, and she guards her son like a dragoness; and a band of brigands (Riley Butler, 9W, Carissa Hudson, 10W, and Megan Walsh 12E) plans to rob the house of Lady Bountiful that very night, putting all schemes in jeopardy. 

This is a play in the great tradition of Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer and Sheridan's The Rivals and The School for Scandal. It is classic, formal, robust and hilarious.

Additional cast members include: Matt Taylor (11E), Orian Roman (11E), Vaughan McMillan (11W), Chad Norizan (11W), Irene Guirao (11E), and Kati Howk (12E).