PPP’s Is He Dead? is ready for opening night

The curtain is ready to rise on Is He Dead? the Poplar Pike Playhouse’s fall play. The
comedy, written by Mark Twain and adapted by David Ives, opens Thursday, October 26th.
From backstage to onstage, the students are all been working diligently in anticipation of
opening night. The play tells the fictional version of the real life painter, Jean-Francois Millet,
who is in debt to an evil picture-dealer. With his friends’ help, he hatches a plan to fake his death
to pay off his debt, believing painters find greater success selling their work posthumously. The
plan could work, only if Millet can keep up his disguise as his twin sister, the Widow Tillou.
Senior Kyle Bowers, who plays Millet, looks forward to opening night, “The thing I’m
most excited about is to have an audience. It’s one thing to hear people react in rehearsal, but I
look forward to the energy of an actual audience.”
While the actors have spent hours of rehearsal preparing their performance, the props
crew, makeup crew, costume crew, and set construction crew have been working alongside them
to prepare every detail. “Costuming the show has definitely been a fun challenge,” says costume
chairman, Avery Moore. “We’ve had a lot of people working to get it done; it’s been a great
experience.”
Jeff White, Germantown High School’s new theatre director, is also excited about this
show because the community will get to see the talented students’ hard work. “This is going to
be a real special show for me because it's my first year being back at the PPP. I’m really excited
not only for the cast, but also for the audience to see this amazingly funny show.”
The Poplar Pike Playhouse’s cast and crew can’t wait to open the curtains and share this
hilarious play with the public. This comedy is definitely something that you will not want to
miss. Is He Dead? runs from October 26th - November 4th. Call the PPP Box Office at (901)
755-7775 or go to ppp.org to reserve your seats today! Follow the PPP on Facebook, Instagram
(poplarpikeplayhouse), and Twitter (ppptheatre) for updates and special coupon codes for our
shows.

 The widow Tillou (Kyle Bowers) prepares for her brother's funeral with an assist from her brother's friends (L to R: Andrew Heady, Alan Toney, and Tate Jakobi).

The widow Tillou (Kyle Bowers) prepares for her brother's funeral with an assist from her brother's friends (L to R: Andrew Heady, Alan Toney, and Tate Jakobi).