“Heaven Help the Po’Taters!,” a humorous production about a small town with a water crisis, will be performed next week in the Tooele Junior High small theater. The play is also known by its subtitle of “I’d-A-Hoe the Potatoes But They Won’t Grow.”
The play is double cast, which allows several students to share parts in the performance. A.J. Hofeling and Noah Chatwin play lawyer Noah Count, who conveniently left the water rights out of the townspeople’s deeds.
The play is audience interactive, which means the audience can boo and cheer, and the actors can respond to the audience.
Other parts in the play include Dustin Stoddard and Preston Berry as Spud Farmer, who is the hero. Candide Yam, the heroine, is played by Taylor Carman and Camryn Hamilton.
According to Julia Smoot, the TJHS drama teacher and play director, the performances begin Monday, Oct. 7 and will run six consecutive days with the final show Saturday evening. Each performance will begin at 7 p.m. and last two hours.
There are approximately 35 Tooele Junior High students in the cast, and they have been practicing for more than a month as they prepare for this year’s first theatrical performance. Cost for admission will be $5 for adults, and $3 for students and children. Students with activity cards will be admitted for $2. There will be a special $1 price on Wednesday and Thursday for Tooele Junior High students.