Silver Lake High School spoofed show business with its spring play, “Hooray for Hollywood,” staged Feb. 18-19 in the school’s performing arts center.
Mary Larson directed the Tim Kelly comedy which featured 33 students with speaking roles.
Set in Tinsel Town, most of “Hooray for Hollywood” takes place in the Bravo Workshop of Dramatic Art — And Stuff. Ostensibly a drama school, it really is nothing more than a scam operated by fast-talking con artist Milo Bravo (Joshua Wilson).
Lured by phony scholarships and the desire to become movie stars, young Hollywood hopefuls enroll only to pay rent in the school’s dorm, staff its cafe and other side business and occasionally have Milo teach a lesson on such “vital” subjects as “How to Wear Sunglasses Properly” and “How to Avoid the Pitfall of Talent.”
Milo’s biggest fan and closes aide is his doting secretary Anita (Haley Warbritton). She takes care of him as well as some of Milo’s other less-than-reputable tenants: Ponyboy Floyd (Joshua Dallman), a small-time bookie, and his sidekick Ponyboy Lloyd (Brady Snook); the Agin’ Cajun (Ethan Schurtz), supposedly a Louisiana cooking expert; and self-proclaimed psychic to the the stars Estrella (Bailee Arnold).
The enrollment of Milo’s workshop, which includes Mary (MacKenzie Aldridge), Tommy (Logan Matzke), Gwen (Micki Moore), Rose (Santana Raub), Alan (Gideon Remer), Veronica (Anna Schuckman), Alex (Gabe TenEyck) and Gail (Lyndsey VandeVelde), increases with the arrival from Kansas of a blue gingham dress-wearing teen named Dorothy (Mackensie Haverkamp) who is sure Hollywood is the her somewhere over the rainbow.
Ready to pull back the curtain on Milo is Dorothy’s traveling companion, her older sister Fran (Nicole Gerber), who obviously has a brain, courage and heart. (Nonetheless, the Scarecrow (Ryan Wagner), Lion (Keith Nagy) and Tin Man (Nathan Ruby) make cameo appearances, too.)
Eager for Milo to launch their careers are three other new enrollees: screenwriter Matt Walker (Ryan Wagner); would-be rock star Wynonna (Leah Gustafson); and eager actress Kimberly Von Ricesnap (Aubrey Dick). Even Milo’s elderly landlady Doris Bingo (Cassie Johnston) would trade some of Milo’s delinquent rent for a part in a movie.
As if things weren’t a big carnival around the Bravo Workshop of Dramatic Art — And Stuff, a flea circus operated by Professor Slinky (Keith Nagy), his Flea Busters (Josh Boucher and Ryan Tarner) and a couple of kick boxers, Tug O’Dell (Tarner) and Thug O’Dell (Seth Evans). When the flea circus’ little big top is accidentally toppled, the search for its escaped performers have everyone scratching their heads and necks and arms and legs, etc., etc., etc.
Given Milo’s reputation, the plot demands the long arm of the law to reach into the Bravo Workshop of Dramatic Art — And Stuff. It does in the form of Los Angeles Police Detective Webb (Nathan Ruby) and two more of LAPD’s finest, Officer Ted (Josh Adee) and Officer Jeb (Drew Sharpe).
Also on Milo’s case is a state investigator, Karen Hunter (Claire Austin) takes him to court for $30,000 of unpaid taxes and hangin’ Judge Brand (Keith Nagy) gives him 24 hours to pay the taxes or go to jail.
Salvation comes when Milo’s only successful graduate, teen star Mitzi Fontaine (Megan Risetter) visits with entertainment writer Holli (Olivia English), casting director Maybelle Phelps (Miranda Graf), television producer Sybil Thorn (Erica Strausbaugh) and lawyer Sam Holden (Calen Schuckman) in tow.
Milo gets an offer that will cover his tax bill, but to claim it he has to go legit and settle down with his ever-faithful secretary Anita.
Charlotte Larson Pemberton served as assistant director and designed the program and cast T-shirt. Garrett Larson did the set design and construction.
The show’s crew included: Olivia Beach, Zack Evans, Halle Jackson, Kennedy Kats, Ethan Kortan and Ian Todd.