If you go
What: "The Ransom of Emily Jane" presented by the Home School Speech and Debate Club
When: 7 p.m. today and Friday
Where: First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way
Cost: Tickets cost $2.50 per person and $10 for a family
Craig It's her first big role, but Amanda Barber, 14, said she isn't that nervous.
She thinks she can remember her lines.
"Hopefully," Barber said. "If not, I'll be able to improvise."
Is she good at improvisation?
"No," she said, "but other people in the play are."
Barber and about eight other students in the Northwest Colorado Home School Association plan to perform "The Ransom of Emily Jane" at 7 p.m. today and Friday at First Christian Church, 960 W. Victory Way.
Students range in age from 13 to 18 years old.
The play is this year's annual presentation by the Home School Speech and Drama Club, sponsored by Pioneer Drama Services out of Denver, Barber said.
"It's really funny, and I think people will really enjoy it," she said.
Students chose the play because of the jokes and action, Barber added.
"Emily Jane" centers on mother and son Griggs, who kidnap Jane for ransom money. Barber plays the older Ma Griggs.
"I wasn't quite used to acting older because my character is in her 50s," Barber said. "So I had to practice walking older and talking older.
"I pretty much just talk lower."
Almost all of the work for the play - from advertising to costumes - was left to the students to develop, Barber said.
Their drama teacher, Bonnie Reiman, "of course directed us for stage direction and stuff, but we get to make a lot of decisions," Barber said.
The girl said she likes theater, and doesn't plan to change anytime soon.
"I like being dramatic," Barber said. "I like acting and being on stage."
By dramatic, Barber didn't mean out of control, she said.
"Not necessarily hyper, just emotional and stuff like that," she said.
Do her parents get mad at her proclivities?
"Maybe a little annoyed," Barber said.
"The Ransom of Emily Jane" should last about 45 to 60 minutes, depending on the unknown nature of live theater, Barber said.
Tickets are available at the door for $2.50 per person and $10 for a family.
Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org