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Jordan Valley dinner and play pack the house

From left: Shaianne Keller as Mike Hanley, Taylor Warn as Pat Stanford and Shailee Rutan as Dave Gorley act out a scene. (Submitted photo)

JORDAN VALLEY – About 150 people showed up Sunday for theater and dinner as the Jordan Valley High School Drama Club staged an original production.

The play, titled “Ode to the Outhouse,” was loosely based on the history of Jordan Valley and was written by Penny Larrusea and Tara Echave.

Performing were high school drama students Emilee Burch, Taylor Warn, Michaela Stoddart, Abby Green, Wade Raine, Tina Gammett and Shaianne Keller. They were joined by 11 extras from varying grades in the Jordan Valley School District.

They included Ryann Skinner, Claire Collins, Kyndra Williams, Christopher Mackenzie, Grady Johnsrud, Jill Gammett, Kaitlyn Stoddart, Shailee Rutan, Josie Lisle, Oksana Hodsdon and Halle Burch.

Earlier in the school year, the drama club performed at a patriotic theater program for elementary students at Pleasant Valley, Arock and Jordan Valley, said Echave.

Echave, who helps organize the theater events, said the drama club tries to hold four performances a year. 

“We usually to do our dinner theaters on Sunday night and around Valentine’s Day,” said Echave, who typically starts planning the events six months in advance.

Echave said the club is gearing up to host another dinner theater event in May.

“We’re doing a Basque dinner theater, and it’s going to be a play about American Basque people who go back to Spain and do a layover in Australia,” said Echave.