Lovers, imposters, assassins and cross dressers — they’re all on stage when Franklin County High School’s drama department performs “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Nov. 3 in the school auditorium.
The play is directed by senior Madeleine Hendrix and written by William Gleason based on the Blake Edwards and Frank Waldman movie that starred Peter Sellers in 1976.
The world’s most famous and bumbling detective, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau played by senior Justin Woolums, must save himself and the world from Paul Dreyfus.
Dreyfus, played by senior Taylor Strickland, is about to be released from the asylum and vows to destroy Clouseau who he claims has driven him mad.
The two men reconnect when Clouseau accidentally shoots Dreyfus in the head with a bow and arrow. They engage in an accelerated and comical chase until the orderlies come to take Dreyfus, who has been declared a “raving lunatic” by Dr. Duval, played by freshman Mason Flatt, back to isolation.
Later Clouseau returns home and is attacked by someone hidden behind his couch. A raucous karate-chopping scene ensues which ends abruptly when a phone call reveals that Dreyfus has escaped. For his own safety, Clouseau assumes a hunchback disguise.
Next, an imposter dressed in the same disguise comes to visit Clouseau and presents him with an “award” — a ticking box. The box, of course, explodes and Clouseau conducts an investigation.
Meanwhile Dreyfus approaches the inventor of the Doomsday Machine, Dr. Fassbender, played by senior Samantha Wilcox, with the proposal to join forces and destroy the world. With Fassbender reluctant, Dreyfus threatens her with such horrors as scratching his fingernails on a chalkboard. She relents.
Soon after, Clouseau recognizes Jarvis at the Mirage Club, where Jarvis warns Clouseau about the assassins. He also meets Olga, a
distant admirer played by sophomore Sydney Hendrix, who comes to Clouseau’s aid but soon has murderous thoughts about him herself.
Later in the pub scene, the assassins once again target Clouseau. The oom-pah music is loud and the polka is fast as the assassins close in on Clouseau who safely stumbles past every attack and attempt on his life.
The show is one funny scene after another, including the hilarious one when Clouseau pulls Dreyfus’s tooth while they are both under the influence of laughing gas.
Never has a tooth extraction been so much fun!
Will love win?
Who is the other person in the hunchback disguise?
Will the assassins succeed?
Just who is Jarvis portraying?
Rounding out the cast are: Kadie Adams, Taylor Bochantin, Cedric Calhoun, Ashleigh Caudell, Joe Cheek, Hannah Covington, Rachel Hampton, Perry Kring, Alyssa Lawhon, Hallee Mason, Marjorie Mason, Elly Morris, Becca Penn, Celia Ritter, Katelyn Taylor and Kelsey Tomlinson.
Pink Panthers are Russell Ferguson, Lakyn Miller, Thayna Pires, Clay Shackelford and Margaret Whitworth who also serves as stage manager.
General admission at the door is $5 with children 5 and under admitted free. Senior passes will be honored.