CLEARWATER: ‘Pillow Talk’ to hit CHS stage

The cast and crew of "Pillow Talk."

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By Travis Mounts

Drama students at Clearwater High School will stage the classic play “Pillow Talk” this Friday and Saturday.

The play is based on the 1959 movie of the same name that starred Doris Day and Rock Hudson.

“It’s about two people who share a telephone party line,” said director Lex Rhoadarmer. Hudson played Brad Allen and Day portrayed Jan Marrow.

“He is constantly on the phone, calling women all day long. The lady who shares the line can’t do her business, so it’s a battle,” Rhoadarmer said. Allen disguises himself as a Texas Rancher. Marrow falls for him, at least until his plan goes wrong.

Senior Sarah Rakes plays Jan Marrow, and junior Ryan Phelps is Brad Allen. Rhoadarmer says there are 22 cast members, and the crew brings the total students involved to about 35.

Rehearsals have been going on for about seven weeks.

“It’s been a fun show. The students have taken on some extra responsibilities,” he said. That includes the set design, which was done by Elijah Stellnan. “The show is set in the late 1950s. That’s a fun time period to revisit.”

For those who don’t know, a party line was a telephone circuit that was shared by two or more customers. Party lines were common from the late 1800s through the mid-20th Century.