Chatfield students preparing for this weekend’s production of “Locomotion Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me” are, in front from left, Derek Bethel, Matt Dietz, Gabby Bouska, Marissa Hanson, Danielle Norton and Nick Buenger. In the second row are Frankie Littrell, Demery Little, Jessica Solie, Celene Arellano, Ashiely Lee and Abby Melvin. In the third row are Luke Dietz, Liz Hisey, Isaiah Redalen, Chris Solie, Jeana Chapman and Lauren Mueller. Not shown are Larissa Martin and Kalli Kohlmeyer. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
Chatfield students preparing for this weekend’s production of “Locomotion Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me” are, in front from left, Derek Bethel, Matt Dietz, Gabby Bouska, Marissa Hanson, Danielle Norton and Nick Buenger. In the second row are Frankie Littrell, Demery Little, Jessica Solie, Celene Arellano, Ashiely Lee and Abby Melvin. In the third row are Luke Dietz, Liz Hisey, Isaiah Redalen, Chris Solie, Jeana Chapman and Lauren Mueller. Not shown are Larissa Martin and Kalli Kohlmeyer. GRETCHEN MENSINK LOVEJOY/CHATFIELD NEWS
See the springtime sendoff: "Locomotion Commotion, Dr. Gorilla and Me," by Tim Kelly as the Chatfield High School drama department presents its spring play this weekend.

Director Rachel Schieffelbein explained, "I chose this play because it's fun and wild, with a lot of crazy characters that I knew these kids would enjoy playing. It's very high energy. It's funny, and the characters are really out there so the kids really get to let loose."

The comedy will be presented on the Potter Auditorium stage this weekend, May 16 and 18.

The cast features the talents of Danielle Norton, Matt Dietz, Nick Buenger, Derek Bethel, Marissa Hanson, Gabby Bouska, Liz Hisey, Demery Little, Celene Arellano, Frankie Littrell, Jeana Chapman, Chris Solie and Jessica Solie, Ashiely Lee, Lauren Mueller, Abby Melvin, Isaiah Redalen, Kalli Kohlmeyer, Larissa Matin and Luke Dietz.

Schieffelbein noted, "There are a few pretty chaotic scenes where the blocking was a challenge, but thankfully, the kids were willing to rise to it. This play is so full of eccentric characters that each kid really gets an opportunity to ham it up and have fun. There are no boring roles! There are a few surprises - this is a cast of characters you need to keep your eyes on - and there's a bit of singing by 'The Singing DePayne Sisters'...they're quite the act!"

"Locomotion Commotion" will open Friday, May 16, and Sunday, May 18, at 7 p.m. in Potter Auditorium. Tickets are $5 per person at the door, and Schieffelbein promised "about an hour and a half" of entertainment.

"This is going to be a very fun show that people won't want to miss. It has mystery, humor, wild characters, and 'The Singing DePayne Sisters'," she added.

The director concluded that this will be the final performance for many of her thespians and there's a transition in progress. These final moments will be memorable for both the actors and the audiences.

"I'm losing quite a few seniors this year, which is always hard," Schieffelbein said. "They're a good group and will be really fun to watch in their last high school performance. Also, the younger kids coming up are showing so much talent! I'm excited for the future as well."