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Cameron Gavinski, Camille Willaford, and Brandon Douglas in Visitors from Chicago.

Talented Upper School Drama students from Lakehill Preparatory School will present their award-winning work in a show collectively called Performance Warriors on March 21 and 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wyly Auditorium. 

Students will present two excerpts from longer plays, Vanities by Jack Heifner and Visitors from Chicago from California Suiteby Neil Simon. The scene from Vanities centers on the lives and friendship of three Texas high school cheerleaders in 1963. During practice, they are stunned by a sudden announcement over their school's PA system about President Kennedy's assassination. The drama students will perform this piece again at the upcoming ISAS Arts Festival in Houston in April. 

Visitors from Chicago is a playlet from Simon's four-part California Suite, a play about relationships and how they can become compromised. The scene, which centers on two middle aged couples who are taking a much-needed vacation together, joins them after a particularly competitive tennis match where one of the wives twisted her ankle. Their friendship is tested as the four of them come to blows over not only the tennis match but the entire, disastrous vacation. 

The cast of  Vanities includes Dante Jiang, Richard Ma, Charlotte Abate, Tata Fortune, and Camryn Thompson. Visitors from Chicago will be performed by Gracie Carroll, Brandon Douglas, Cameron Gavinski, and Camille Willaford.

In addition to the two scenes, students will present three award-winning pieces from their recent TAPPS Speech and Drama competition.

The plays are directed by Lakehill Drama teacher Ann Kizer. Tickets are $5 for Lakehill students and $10 for the general public and are available at the door. Faculty and staff members receive free admission. The concession stand will be open before the show. Don't miss this fun-filled evening full of comedy and drama! 

Lakehill Preparatory School is located at 2720 Hillside Drive in Dallas.

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