Granite Falls Area Community Theater to perform ‘The Boys Next Door’

For its summer production, the Granite Falls Area Community Theater is taking on a script that is challenging its actors.

The Granite Falls Area Community Theater is presenting “The Boys Next Door” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, June 26-27, in the Yellow Medicine East High School Little Theater. The show is being directed by Jeff Iverson.

Iverson said that students are involved with the show. The cast includes Jordan Vonderharr, Zach Juarez, Shane Nokleby, Gunner Steir, Haley Spielman, Sophie Timm, Aaron Schuler and Taylor Keener. Schuler is also the assistant director

“It’s a small play,” Iverson said. “It’s about four mentally-challenged males. I chose it because of the challenging acting.”

A few years ago, YME had cut the spring play, and the community theater picked things up, Iverson said, giving kids that opportunity to be on stage.

Vonderharr is portraying Norman in “The Boys Next Door.” The character works at a doughnut shop and he is also extremely proud of his ring of keys.

“It’s an interesting challenge,” Vonderharr said of his role. He said it’s the randomness of Norman’s lines that are interesting. “It’s a different role for me to play, but it’s pretty nice for me overall.”

Vonderharr said he hasn’t done too many lead roles until this year when he was also cast as Javert in YME’s production of “Les Miserables.”

Vonderharr said when he initially read through the script, the director had something in mind.

“When I was first looking it over, Mr. Iverson showed me a clip of the movie so that I could see how the actor in the movie did it. That’s what he was trying to get out,”?he said.

Iverson said the show’s opening night coincides with the first day of Granite Falls’ annual town celebration.

“We wanted to do a show opening on Western Fest,” Iverson said about why the show starts on June 18 and continues the following week.

Vonderharr said getting ready for the show has been going smoothly.

“All of the practices are really on track for a good performance,” Vonderharr said.