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Belleville West drama takes first place in sectional competition

Belleville West Little Theatre’s drama “Good People” took first place at the IHSA Sectional Drama Contest on Saturday in Charleston.

The students will present an encore performance at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Belleville West Performing Arts Center.

The play begins in Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills and where Margie Walsh (junior Bailey Guinn) has just lost another job.

Facing evinction, Margie thinks an old fling (senior Tyler Herron), who has made it out of Southie, might be her ticket to a fresh start. But is he secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has to find out.

Other cast members are senior Allison Knapp, juniors Sam Geiger and Nathan Hirst, and sophomores Rachel Deschaine and Janae Robinson.

Tickets to Wednesday’s performance are $3 for students, $5 for adults.