Young and old enjoy tall tales of renowned storytellers

H-F students Turner Buckminster (Gianmarco Petrelli) visits
with Lizzie Bright (Aundria LaNier, standing) and the Tripp
siblings, (seated from left) Abbie (Shelby Leigh Dorsey),
Bobby (Tina Calhoun) and Mary (Joli Gill) in the play, Lizzie
Bright & the Buckminster Boy.
(Photo provided by J.R. Rose)


Homewood-Flossmoor High School students will present “Lizzie Bright & the Buckminster Boy,” a story of friendship with a message for children grades 5 and up, at 7:30 p.m. April 30, May 1 and 2.

The play’s theme is how strong friendship bonds can be, and how tough some decisions are to make. Turner Buckminster III, the new kid in town, is befriended by Lizzie Bright Griffin, a girl who’s from an impoverished community founded by slaves.  The town disapproves of their friendship, and when powerful forces threaten Lizzie and her family, Turner faces the ultimate test. It teaches him a hard lesson about courage and loss.

The play is based on a book under the same title that tells a true story set in Maine in 1912. The book received the Newbery Honor in 2005.

This production’s student directors are Micaela Davis, Malina Wordlaw and Syndey DuBose assisted by teacher J.R. Rose. Cast members are Gianmarco Petrelli, Aundria LaNier, Zachary Martens, Emma Anderson, Andre Thomas, Duncan Wood, Joey Cipriano, John Geary, Tina Calhoun, Shelby Leigh Dorsey and Joli Gill.

Tickets for the play, presented at H-F’s Mall Auditorium, are available at the door.  Tickets are $8 for adults, and $5 for students, children and senior citizens.

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