Crestview High brings 'Dear Ruth' to stage


From left, Wesley Barlow, Michael Brooks, Katie Rocha, Jill Cumbia and Megan Keiffer rehearse Act I of "Dear Ruth," running this weekend at Crestview High School.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 07:14 PM.

Norman Krasna's World War II-era romantic comedy "Dear Ruth" is a delightful addition to the fall shows we have enjoyed in previous years at Crestview High School.

All's not well in the Wilkins household — and Judge Harry Wilkins' calm is definitely unsettled. His youngest daughter, 16-year-old Miriam, is taking support for the war effort to an extreme.

She's wearing a beret in solidarity with the occupied French, signed her father up to donate blood without telling him, and exchanges letters with an Army Air Corps officer to boost his morale.

That's all well and good until the day, to quote Judge Wilkins, "the lieutenant has come home to roost."

Miriam's been signing the name of her older sister, Ruth, to the letters, and even sent the soldier a photo of her sibling. Now he's home on leave and keen to meet his sweetheart pen pal.

Who just that day become engaged.

"Dear Ruth" opens Thursday evening and runs Friday and Saturday nights. The cast features Megan Keiffer as Miriam, Jill Cumbia as Ruth, Michael Brooks as Judge Wilkins, Katie Rocha as Mrs. Wilkins, Wesley Barlow as Lt. Seawright, and Walter Jagielski as Albert, the hapless fiancé.

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