Provided by Carol Ciepluch
Thursday night was heart-pounding for Henry Ballard, a theater magnet student at North Springs Charter High School. His play "Evelyn Evelyn" premiered.
Ballard wrote the play after listening to an album of the same name by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, and is assistant director to the North Springs production.
The play is the story of Evelyn and Evelyn Neville, conjoined twin sisters, and victims of various misfortunes. Through music, writing and performing their hit album, they find the strength to overcome their frightful past.
“The album was so cool; I was just mesmerized and immediately started imagining it on stage,” Ballard said.
He pitched the idea to NSCHS’ former technical theatre director and then worked for months to convince him to do the show.
Ballard asked his friend and fellow Spartan, senior Danny Marmer to create a musical score from the album. “Danny is a musical genius; he transposed the music he heard to sheet music for the cast and musicians,” Ballard said.
Nearly 30 students are cast members and musicians; another 20 are crew members, responsible for lighting, sound, costumes, choreography, the set and more.
"Evelyn Evelyn" is a main stage production running Friday and Saturday, and Jan, 30-Feb. 1 at 7:30pm.
Tickets: $20VIP, $15 adults, $10 seniors and $5 students, are available at the box office one hour before each show and online at www.northspringstickets.com.
North Springs Charter High School is located at 7447 Roswell Rd. in Sandy Springs and is home to the only dual arts and sciences magnet programs in Georgia.