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George & Georgette are at it again: Williams High School Homecoming Show is Oct. 22

By Kamryn Guye

Williams High School's Homecoming Show is at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the school auditorium. Jon Upchurch / Special to the Times-News

Williams High School’s Homecoming Show has been a tradition for close to 60 years.
The show, which is written entirely by the students, centers around the school mascots, George and Georgette, facing off against their homecoming rivals before the big homecoming game.
This year’s event is at 7 p.m. Oct. 22 in the Williams High School auditorium, 1307 S. Church St., Burlington.
“This year is really different because it’s more of a prequel to the usual homecoming show. It’s more of how George and Georgette met and how they came to be who they are. All the other shows have kinda played around that idea,” said director Lucas Cecil.
The show brings together a variety of different characters from many different realms. Morgan and Madison Williams are juniors at the school, and the only set of twins in the show. This makes their role of The Shining Twins, from the popular Stephen King book and 1980 film, all the more fitting.
Emelia Roux is a sophomore at the school and plays the role of Mary.
“It’s really fun. It has a great plot and great characters that you normally wouldn’t see together,” Roux said.
In years prior, the show has featured the likenesses of SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer and a variety of other characters.
“We write the show for the people. The whole reason I do it is because they have an effect,” said writer Petra Bailor, who plays Georgette. “The people and the cast — everyone makes it easy.”

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students at the door. For more details, call 336-570-6161.

Kamryn Guye is a senior at Williams High School and a Times-News intern. She can be reached at

Something simple: Comfort is ‘the style’ this season

By Emily Clark
Times-News correspondent 


Something simple and comfortable, sometimes with a little sparkle, is what young ladies are looking for in semi-formal dresses this season. [Metro Creative Graphics

What styles of dresses can you expect to see at Homecoming dances as well as fall and winter formals this season?
Three sales associates weighed in on the subject — Aura Martinez from Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh; Larissa Hamilton from Dillard’s in Burlington; and Debra Harrison from JCPenney in Burlington.
Teens & 20s: What types of dresses have you seen sold the most this year? What is the most popular?
Martinez: Short, sparkly and poofy dresses. Not everyone likes tight dresses or feels comfortable wearing one. Belk tries to cater to people’s preferences and have something for everyone.
Hamilton: Tight-fitting blue dresses have been really popular and we have sold a lot of dresses with spaghetti straps. The girls come in looking for a sparkly dress, but a lot of people end up leaving with something more simple.
Harrison: The girls have been buying a lot of two-piece dresses, and the guys are loving the bow ties this year. We have sold a lot of dresses that are loose and simple, with a little flair at the hip. Especially dresses with thin straps, not a lot of sparkle though, this year has been all about the simple dresses.
Teens & 20s: Do you have any advice for someone who is looking to spend less money this semi-formal season?
Martinez: Watch the ads and newspaper for when Belk has sales. Especially this winter, that is when this semi-formal season will be over and the store will mark down a lot of the dresses.
Hamilton: We will probably start to put these dresses on sale within the next couple of weeks as the season is about to end. We have seen a lot of people buying dresses while the prices are lower, and then waiting to wear them to a later dance. This way girls can get a dress they love, but not have to spend a ton of money on it.
Harrison: JCPenney is going paperless soon, so if people get the brand new JCPenney phone app then they will always have access to the latest deals and coupons. These dresses should go on sale before Christmas.

Emily Clark is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Teens & 20s writer.

Williams Homecoming Show promises music and more

Commentary by Hannah Thigpen
Special to the Times-News

The cast of Williams High School's "George Draws A Blank," the school's annual homecoming show, pose for a recent photo. Jon Upchurch / Special to the Times-News

Williams High School’s auditorium and chorus room are buzzing with excitement this time of year. George Bulldog and his friends are back to “win the big game” this fall with more talent and enthusiasm than ever. “George Draws a Blank” is being performed by the choral department under the direction of Laura Sam and Lucas Cecil at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in the Williams High School auditorium, 1307 S. Church St., Burlington.
   The show was written and directed by senior Madeline Perrou and centers on George Bulldog, the star quarterback for Williams, getting a strange case of amnesia. George is being played by Josh Williams, a multi-talented senior who is “kind of a star” at our school.
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