Temescal Canyon High School Spotlight Players to present The Play That Goes Wrong: High School Edition

Photo provided by Tara Miller Abell.

The Temescal Canyon High School Spotlight Players will present The Play That Goes Wrong: High School Edition, a side-splitting comedy that made its Lake Elsinore debut last week.

The production will conclude its final three evenings on April 20, 21, and 22 at 7 p.m. at the Jeanie Corral Performing Arts Centre at Temescal Canyon High School, 28755 El Toro Rd.

Adapted from The Play That Goes Wrong by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer, The Play That Goes Wrong is a one-of-a-kind comedy that is sure to entertain audiences of all ages. The show tells the story of a drama society that is trying to stage a play, but everything that could go wrong goes wrong. The characters are dealing with everything from missed entrances and forgotten lines to wayward props and technical snafus.

Photo provided by Tara Miller Abell.

The Play That Goes Wrong has been an international sensation, with successful runs on Broadway and The West End, and now the high school edition is making waves in local theater circles as well. 

The high school edition of the play has been specifically adapted to fit the talents of young performers, while still maintaining the over-the-top and hilarious antics this play is known for.

“Temescal Canyon High School theatre students have worked hard to bring this comedy to life, and we are excited for everyone to enjoy the show,” TCHS Spotlight Player Director Tara Abell said.

“This is an opportunity for local residents to enjoy a professional-level production of a phenomenal play, right here in their backyard. It is a complicated technical production where the set is almost a living, breathing character. We also had to bring in a specialized stunt and fight choreographer. All of the effort has paid off and I am incredibly proud of these performers.”

The cast includes Akira Smissen, Annie; Jeremy Juarez, Trevor; Daniel Hernandez, Chris/Inspector Carter); Jacob Mora, Jonathan (plays Charles Haversham; Xion Gordon, Rachel/Mary Colleymoore); Tanner Gray, Dennis/Perkins); Simon Anderson, Max/Cecil Haversham/Arthur the gardener); Charlize Jones, Sandra/Florence Colleymoore); and Jasper Barron, Trinity Cummings, and Crystal Hernandez, stage crew.

The artistic and technical team includes Tara Abell, director; Kailey Burke, stage manager; Jamison Rieger, Scenic Design; Adrian Marquez, flight and stunt choreographer; Devin Fowler, technical director; Jacob Garcia, lighting engineer; Adam Mcqueen, audio engineer; Mia Mendez, sound operator; Marchall Mueller and David Poore, stagehands; Sophia Palmieri, spotlight operator; Rex Sales, LEUSD stage technician supervisor; LEUSD stage technicians, set construction; Brieana Bautista, Jasmine Chilel, Brittany Contreras, Hailey Ferreria, and Elizabeth Olan, set painting crew; Mia Mendez. Sophia Palmieri, and Jamison Rieger; foyer dressing; Keira Garvin, costume coordination; Tara Abell and Dr. Whitney D’amico, casting; Isa Aulaumea, house manager; Andre Ancheta, Emma Cisneros, Adisynn Gutierrez, and Mckaylah Prak, ushers; Erin Balli and Mary Davis, box office and staff support.

Tickets cost $8 for students and $12 for adults. To purchase tickets, download the GoFan app or go to on a mobile device or from a computer. For more information, call 951-253-7250.


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