TEMECULA – The nationally recognized and award-winning Chaparral High School theater department announced that it debuted its fall play “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. Additional performances are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. 

All performances are held in the school’s performing arts center at 27215 Nicolas Road in Temecula. 

Written by Neil Simon, “Laughter on the 23rd Floor” focuses on the star and writers of a TV comedy-variety show in the 1950s. This semi-autobiographical comedy is inspired by Simon’s own early career experience as a junior writer for “Your Show of Shows” and “Caesar’s Hour” in the 1950s. 

Cast members include sophomore Brady Hill as Lucas Brickman, junior Kai Shaffer as Milt Fields, senior Austin Irving as Val Skolsky, sophomore Nathan Fraitag as Brian Doyle, sophomore Alyssa Kurt as Carol Wyman, senior Alex Rosen as Kenny Franks, senior Vance Johnson as Max Prince, sophomore Sarah Stevers as Helen and senior Zach Emmert as Ira Stone. 

“I like to think of this play as the fourth installment of Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach’ trilogy as it depicts his early 

days working in television. This particular era of his career has always amazed me considering the other writers in 

the room included Mel Brooks, Larry Gelbart, Carl Reiner and Woody Allen,” Chris Irvin, CHS drama teacher and director, said. “Our entire theater season is dedicated to the works of Neil Simon. It’s our department’s way 

of paying tribute to a man who was extremely influential to entertainment. We are following this production with Simon’s ‘The Good Doctor,’ then closing the season with the spring musical ‘Sweet Charity.’” 

General admission is $10; students, military personnel and seniors 55-plus are admitted for $9 and students with Associated Student Body cards are admitted for $8. 

Tickets are available online at http://chaparralat.seatyourself.biz, at the school’s bookkeeping office during school hours and at the theater box office before each performance. 

The CHS theater department won numerous awards and nominations from National Youth Arts. Created to honor outstanding work by youth in the arts across the nation, National Youth Arts awards celebrate music, dance, film and other art forms. More than 500 productions were considered for awards, including shows from more than 100 different theaters in more than 50 cities spanning the country. 

Chaparral was recognized for Outstanding Ensemble for last year’s fall play “1940s Radio Hour” and received Outstanding Production for “Newsies” from last year’s Lucie Arnez Musical Theatre Awards. 

For more information on the show, call (951) 695-4200, ext. 144, or email Irvin at cirvin@tvusd.k12.ca.us

Submitted by Temecula Valley Unified School District.