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Nashoba Tech Actors Show Range With Latest Production

Just two months after producing the musical-comedy “Elf ” in December, the Viking Theatre Guild at Nashoba Valley Technical High School is shifting gears and looking to the sky for its next production.
     Students in the group will present two performances of Julian Felice’s “Challenger: To Touch the Face of God,” a dramatic telling of the aftermath of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster of Jan. 28, 1986, when the shuttle broke apart 73 seconds after lift-off, killing all seven crew members.
     The name of the play comes from a speech delivered by President Ronald Reagan the night of the disaster that ended with the line (quoting from the poem “High Flight” by John Gillespie Magee Jr.): “We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved goodbye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of Earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’”
     The Viking Theatre Guild is preparing to present “Challenger: To Touch the Face of God” in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild competition at Westford Academy on Saturday, Feb. 29.
     Students will present the play to the public twice before that date — on Thursday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 28, both shows at 7 p.m. — at Nashoba Tech’s Performing Arts Center.
     The cast and crew includes Emily Hanson, a junior from Groton.
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