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They Call Me Dogsbreath Devereaux

May 16, 2014

By Tetona Dunlap, The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

May 16--BUHL -- Lecherous, vile and despicable are just some of the words that could be used to describe Doctor Devereaux. But perhaps "dastardly" fits him best.

The Buhl High School Drama Department and the West End Theatre Company will present "The Dastardly Doctor Devereaux" at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday. in the Buhl High School Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students.

"It's a fun, classic melodrama for the whole family," said director David Blaszkiewicz. "The characters are dramatic and over-the-top. It's a musical and they sing and dance and have crazy patients who show up."

The story follows the antics of dysfunctional hospital staff, led by Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux played by Alex Loman, 17.

Dr. Devereaux plans to marry "Lotta Cash," a wealthy widow. Helping him is "Hilda Hatchet" a mean nurse played by Rachel Arreguin, 20, a 2012 graduate of Buhl High School. Devereaux says he plans to marry Hilda, but actually plans to double-cross her and win the affections of the heroine "Wendy March," played by sophomore Allison Hauser.

Audience participation will be encouraged, Blaszkiewicz said, as they will be asked to boo for the bad guy and cheer for the good guy.

An hospital intercom announces throughout the show some of these silly names of the medical staff.

"If you look at some of the names, you will get a kick out of them," Blaszkiewicz said.

There are four former Buhl High School students who have come back to help in the school's musical.

"It's hard not to come back," Arreguin said. "That's all I do is come back. Getting to be back in these shows is a privilege. It's so fun and worth the time."

Arreguin has starred in six show as an alumni and said a role like Hilda Hatchet is fun to play.

"She's German. She's tough. She's mean and a little bit out of her mind," Arreguin said.

Loman said he also has enjoyed playing the villain.

"He's the kind of the classical Saturday morning villain tying the girl to the railroad tracks," Alex said. "I always end up playing the creepers."

When Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux is not hitting on the chorus girls, Alex said, he's hitting on Nurse Wendy March.

"I'm basically the stereotypical ditzy, blond girl who is also the heroine," Allison said. "Her character (Nurse Wendy March) is very polite and professional, but hesitant to shut down Dr. Devereaux."

Korby Hutchinson, 21, a 2011 Buhl High School alum, plays the hero, "Dr. Phil Good." Hutchinson described his character as the handsome hero every nurse has a crush on.

"I read the script and loved the script. There were so many puns, I could not refuse," Hutchinson said.


Nurse Hilda Hatchet: Rachel Arreguin

Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux: Alex Loman

Nurse Wendy March: Allison Hauser

Dr. Phil Good: Korby Hutchinson

Lotta Cash: Michawn Adkins

Orderly Ward Helper: Bailey Liptrap

Trixie St. James: Gabby Eyre

Brother Sunbeam: Cole DeWitt

Officer Tommy Gun: Zeb Peterson

Chorus: Isaiah Mangum, Hana Olsen, Misti Stromberg, Keith Gutierrez, Kristin Graffee, Molly Tinero


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