Temescal Canyon High School Spotlight Players present ‘The Play That Goes Wrong: High School Edition’

The Play That Goes Wrong: High School edition will be presented by Temescal Canyon High School Spotlight Players. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The Temescal Canyon High School Spotlight Players are presenting The Play That Goes Wrong: High School Edition, a side-splitting comedy that made its Lake Elsinore debut last week. The production will conclude its final three evenings at TCHS, with shows starting at 7pm on Thursday April 20, Friday April 21, and Saturday April 22. The tickets for this hilarious show are only $8 for students and $12 for adults.

TCHS is excited to present this one-of-a-kind comedy that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. The show tells the story of a drama society that is trying to stage a play, but everything that could go wrong… goes wrong! The characters are dealing with everything from missed entrances and forgotten lines to wayward props and technical snafus.

The Play That Goes Wrong was created by the renown British theatre company, Mischief Theatre, founded in 2008 by a group of graduates from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). The company quickly gained recognition for their imaginative and unpredictable productions, characterized by their fast-paced humor, physical comedy, and audience participation. To date, Mischief Theatre has produced several ground-breaking productions, including The Play That Goes Wrong (winner – Best New Comedy – Olivier Awards and What’s On Stage Awards). Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the trio’s second piece, is currently in previews on Broadway, but opened in November 2014 for a UK tour. It was also adapted for the BBC, which was filmed with the original West End cast and broadcast to rave reviews as a New Year’s Eve special. Mischief was invited back to wreak more havoc at the BBC in 2017 with Christmas Carol Goes Wrong on BBC1. The Comedy About a Bank Robbery earned another Olivier Nomination. In 2020, Mischief launched a television series of brand new, hand-crafted, half hours of theatrical catastrophe as The Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society undertake more (overly) ambitious endeavors – The Goes Wrong Show.

The Play That Goes Wrong: High School edition will be presented by Temescal Canyon High School Spotlight Players. Valley News/Courtesy photo

The Play That Goes Wrong has been an international sensation, with successful runs on Broadway and The West End, and now the high school edition is making waves in local theater circles as well. The high school edition of the play has been specifically adapted to fit the talents of young performers, while still maintaining the over-the-top and hilarious antics this play is known for.

“Temescal Canyon High School theatre students have worked hard to bring this comedy to life, and we are excited for everyone to enjoy the show,” said TCHS Spotlight Player director, Tara Abell. “This is an opportunity for local residents to enjoy a professional-level production of a phenomenal play, right here in their backyard. It is a complicated technical production where the set is almost a living, breathing character. We also had to bring in a specialized stunt and fight choreographer. All of the effort has paid off and I am incredibly proud of these perfromers.”

With affordable ticket prices and talented high school performers, The Play That Goes Wrong: High School Edition is the event you don’t want to miss. Tickets can be purchased online on the GoFan app or go to GoFan.co on your mobile device or from a computer for tickets.

Patrons may also call (951) 253-7250 between the hours of 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday for more information.

The cast features Akira Smissen as Annie; Jeremy Juarez as TrevorDaniel Hernandez as Chris / Inspector Carter; Jacob Mora as Jonathan / Charles Haversham); Xion Gordon as Rachel / Mary Colleymoore; Tanner Gray as Dennis / Perkins; Simon Anderson as Max / Cecil Haversham / Arthur the Gardener;  Charlize Jones as Sandra /  Florence Colleymoore; and Jasper Barron, Trinity Cummings, and Crystal Hernandez as “Stage Crew.”

The Play That Goes Wrong: High School Edition plays the Jeanie Corral Performing Arts Centre at Temescal Canyon High School, Thursday, April 20; Friday, April 21; Saturday, April 22. Temescal Canyon High School is located at 28755 El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore.