LocationAlhambra , CA United States
“Flowers for Algernon,” the hart-rendering classic about an intellectually disabled man’s struggles before, during and after experimental surgery to improve his brain power, will come to life November 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 in performances at Alhambra High School.
The Alhambra High School Thespian Society production of the 1959 play by David Rogers is based on the short story and novel of the same name by Daniel Keyes. It follows the story of Charlie Gordon, a man with an IQ of 60 who, with
the support of his night-school teacher, undergoes a highly experimental surgery to improve his brain power from that of a third grade child to that of a super genius. That surgery, though, had only been successful in a lab mouse named Algernon.
As Charlie’s intellect grows he becomes more and more aware the world around him and the people in his life are not as good or as smart as his former self believed. He becomes jaded and distant as he surpasses the intellect of even
Albert Einstein. But Charlie comes to realize that his time as a genius may be short lived, as the mouse Algernon begins to show signs of regression.
The cast of Flowers for Algernon stars Thomas Keenan as Charlie Gordon, and a wonderful array of actors filling out the 27 person cast. In order of appearance: Bob Liu (Prof. Nemur), Raquel Acosta (Dr. Strauss), Stephaney Knapp (Alice Kinnian), Russell Rojas (Burt Seldon), Tammie Vuong (Doris), Cherry Chen (Nurse), Isabella Gámez (Mother), Jonathan Fontenot (Father), Mimi Caballero (Norma), Alvin Nguyen (Frank), Esaelis Romero (Gina), Tyler Torres (Joe),
Brianna Godinez (Mrs. Donner), Hannah Carrazco (Mrs. Feldman), Hannah He (Ellen), Chinatsu “Jenny” Uyemura (Bernice), Lillian Johnston (Connie), Tina Duong (Chairlady), Esperanza Cervantes and Erine Duclan (voices from the
audience), Vicky Cervantes (Mrs. Mooney), Allie Morales (Mrs. Nemur), Jackie Nisall (Ms. Harvey), Grace Montero (Jackie Welburg), Angelica Barajas (Ann Welburg). The cast is joined by Park Elementary student Aithley Johnson-
Corcoran as Little Charlie.
Student actors have been rehearsing daily since mid-September on this wonderful play, which includes both live performance and multimedia projections. The performance will be intimate and immersive in nature.
Flowers for Algernon takes place in the Alhambra High School Auditorium with weeknight performances on November 9, 15, & 16 at 7 pm and Saturday matinee performances on November 10 and 17 at 11 am. Tickets are $9 student pre-sale, $11 adult pre-sale, $11 student at the door, and $13 adult at the door.
Seating is limited and performance specific, so patrons are encouraged to purchase pre-sale tickets online by visiting www.alhambrathespians.com and clicking the “tickets” banner on the homepage. Please note credit card and processing fees apply to all online ticket sales.