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West Hall presents encore of Pump Boys and Dinettes
West Hall High School will present an encore performance this weekend of the play "Pump Boys and Dinettes." - photo by Tom Reed

Southern humor, country music and a gas station will appear in an encore performance of West Hall High School’s "Pump Boys and Dinettes" this weekend.

The play, which placed third in the Georgia High School Association’s One-Act Play regional competition in October, comes to Hall County for two nights before heading to the Georgia Thespian Conference Feb. 7-9. The school is one of 16 high schools in the state selected to perform at the festival, held at Mount Zion High School in Jonesboro.

It’s a high-energy, fun production, said senior Rachel Lauria, who plays Prudie Cupp.

"It’s just so much fun," she said. "It involves the audience and keeps them completely focused. We’re singing and dancing, and it’s definitely a Southern show."

The play takes place in an old-time gas station/diner with two central characters going over the events of their day.

Senior Nick Williams, who plays L.M., said the performance is not only a chance for local audiences to see the show, but also to get the cast ready for the following week’s festival. "This is just to get reaccommodated and do it in front of an audience," he said.

Williams added that he will also be on stage playing a variety of instruments, including harmonica, accordion, washboard and jaw harp.

"It’s just a fun experience. It will involve people of all ages," he said. "It’s got a little bit of rock and country, blues; I think everybody will enjoy it."