KIRTLAND — San Juan County high school drama groups will take audiences to other worlds today.

Bloomfield, Farmington, Kirtland Central and Piedra Vista high schools all have performances scheduled Saturday.

Bloomfield will perform a double-feature of Wade Bradford's "How to Kiss A Girl" and Disney's "Aladdin Jr." Bloomfield High School Theater for Kids, which includes students from Mesa Alta Junior High School and Central Elementary School in Bloomfield, will join the high school students in the plays.

Farmington High is presenting Ray Bradbury's "Fahrenheit 451," while Piedra Vista will perform Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple."

Kirtland Central will put on Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." The drama club performed the third act of the play during San Juan College's Four Corners Theater Festival this year, winning third place in the one-act competition.

While Kirtland has attended the festival in the past, before this year, the school never took home an award.

Also this year, junior Shundeen Smith took second place in the serious monologue competition for her performance of "Cold Blood Murder" by Elisa Thompson. She said she was "just speechless" when she learned the news.

In addition to bringing back a ribbon, Smith also designed the drama club's T-shirts and the program cover for tonight's play.

"My drama teacher told me to draw something up real quick," she said.

She said she drew the design for both the shirts and program -- characters from "The Importance of Being Ernest" in Anime-style -- on the bus while traveling to the Four Corners Theater Festival.

Kate Malone, a drama teacher at Kirtland Central, said she thinks the complexity of the play helped the club win third place at the festival.

She and her student teacher, Chris Overson, spent hours modifying the play, taking out all references to cigarettes and alcohol and tailoring it for the drama club.

Betsey Roundy, a sophomore who plays Lady Bracknell, said it is a humourous play.

"If you catch the jokes, they're hilarious," Roundy said.

Patrick Grubbs-Haskie plays the lead male character, Mr. Jack "Ernest" Worthing.

Grubbs-Haskie, who is a sophomore, said this is his first role in a drama production. Last year, he worked on the stage crew for "Dracula." He said he prefers doing sound crew, but also likes acting.

"It's very tedious, but it's fun in the end," he said.

Sophomore Rebecca Vandruff, who is on the stage crew, said what goes on in the background is just as important as what happens on stage.

"The cast can deliver the lines and make it passionate, but the stage crew and the back hands are who bring the play to life," Vandruff said.


What: Kirtland Central High School's “The Importance of Being Earnest”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center, 540 County Road 6100, Kirtland

What: Farmington High School's “Fahrenheit 451”

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Spotlight Theatre at Farmington High School, 2200 N. Sunset Ave., Farmington

What: Piedra Vista High School's “The Odd Couple

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Taurano-Chrisman Theater at Piedra Vista High School, 5700 College Blvd., Farmington

What: Bloomfield High School's “How to Kiss a Girl” and “Aladdin Jr.”

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Bloomfield High School Auditorium, 520 N. First St., Bloomfield

Hannah Grover covers news, arts and religion for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 and Follow her @hmgrover on Twitter.