‘George: Behind Enemy Lines’ – Find out what happens to hero of Williams’ Homecoming Show

By Jannisha Francis
Special to the Times-News


Williams Homecoming Show, "George Behind Enemy Lines," will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Williams High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5. [Lucas Cecil / Special to the Times-News

   William High School is buzzing with excitement for its annual Homecoming Show.
Williams students will perform “George: Behind Enemy Lines” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Williams High School Auditorium, 1307 S. Church St., Burlington. Lucas Cecil, Williams chorus teacher, will serve as the artistic director.
Josiah Edwards and Lily Russell, both seniors, will play George and Georgette, respectively.
“This is my third year in the homecoming show and it means the world to me to play the lead, Georgette.” Russell said. “We have worked really hard to turn it around from years past and I believe it’s going to be a great show this year.”
Alexa LaPierre, senior, wrote this year’s show, which will be directed by Brianna Roman, also a senior. The show features George Bulldog, William’s star quarterback, as he gets redistricted by rival Asheboro Blue Comets right before the big Homecoming game.
“George does get redistricted. It turns him into a jerk, but he finds his way back.” Edwards said.
Accompanying George and Georgette are enthusiastic Sparkles, played by junior Taneah Lightsey; Wednesday Addams, played by senior Nicole Allegretto; Addison, an overachieving student, played by senior A.J. Pratt; G.G., human dictionary, portrayed by sophomore Makiyah Paul; and Clyde, clumsy smart aleck, played by senior Sterling Hayes.
“I gave Alexa the idea for my character when she was writing the story,” Allegretto said. “Every year I try to choose a dark, goth character. This year I chose Wednesday from ‘The Addams Family.’”
The rival group consists of Dante, poet supervillain, played by Jaylen Madden; Clarice, evil scientist, played by Karra Richmond; sassy Bianca, portrayed by Morgan Coggins; Ellis, old cat lady, played by Brenda Urrutia; negative Nancy, played by Courtney McClard; and preppy girl Brittany, played by Haley Harrell. All students playing the villains are seniors.
“It’s shaping up really well,” Edwards said. “It’s an honor to play George and to be a part of it my senior year here.”
“It’s my last show, which is sad, but it’s gonna be great,” Nicole Allegretto said. “Hopefully it’ll go well. I’m sad it’s almost over, but excited to go on to some bigger things.”
While the plot and premise of the show changes year to year, the most essential parts of the show remain the same. The traditional singing and dancing by the choral department will be featured in the show this year, with some songs choreographed by students Morgan Coggins and Taneah Lightsey.
The show features a collection of music ranging from Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun” to Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” to Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me.”
“I’m going to miss Mr. Cecil so much when I graduate and I am so thankful for all that he has taught me and for always being there for me throughout my four years at Williams,” Russell said.
With a hilarious script, great music and unparalleled talent, “George: Behind Enemy Lines” is an event you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door.

 Jannisha Franics is a senior at Williams High School and a Teens & 20s writer.


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