AAHS’s Cash on Delivery


Lex Griffin

Pictured above, in Michael Cooney’s Cash on Delivery, Uncle George, played by Nathan Rytting, is dragged offstage by an unknown entity who has been hiding in a washing machine.

Air Academy’s theater cast worked tirelessly throughout the fall semester to present Cash on Delivery. The accumulation of their work was conferred to the school on the third, the fourth, the fifth, and the sixth of November. Because of the size of the class relative to the cast, the play was split up into two different teams of actors.

The play follows a storyline in which Eric Swann, played by Logan Walker and Nicholas Rytting, cons the authorities into giving him copious amounts of money, even going as far as to make a fake family: This is where the drama stems from.

Norman, played by Jonah Illsley and Michael Ellsworth, is roped into joining Eric’s schemes by Eric’s desperation. He is forced to lie, impersonate other people, and even dress up as a woman. As more and more characters are introduced, more and more conflicts transpire.

The main conflict of Eric Swann and Uncle George impersonating characters is interwoven with personal affairs that eventually lead to the revealing of their identities.

“The storyline and the plot [were] so funny, I’ve never seen a British comedy that funny before. Not only was the plot amazing, but I thought the acting was excellent as well, all the characters did a great job with [the] humor of the play,” math teacher Jill Weis stated.

Most of, if not all of, the jokes in the play hit and it was shown by the audience’s loud cackling throughout the show. A favorite for many was the sleazy Uncle George played by Garrett Sullivan and Nathan Rytting.

While Uncle George was a character responsible for many humorous moments, the audience’s laughter reached a peak when Uncle George was pulled off the stage, scraping the floor and screaming, by an unknown entity who had been hiding in the washing machine.

The success of the interactions between the characters was due to the connections the actors had with each other and the ambitions the actors had within themselves.

“At the beginning, my friends were [going to] try [out] and it would be a really fun experience regardless. After trying out it makes so much more sense why I tried out. [It was] just to be in this fun experience with all the [other] people,” junior Jonah Illsley noted.

Additionally, the play was successful because of the work of all of those who contributed. Not only did the actors contribute, but the tech crew did as well. Without lighting and sound effects, the play would not be as dramatized or successful as it was.

“I have a really bad memory and I like having a script in front of me. I did tech when I was a freshman, and then Covid ruined it; [I] wanted to try again,” junior Abby McCown commented.

Air Academy’s recent break from theatre was recompensed through a British deceptive plot. Everything from the accents to the set helped bring life and emotion to a sheet of words. Cash on Delivery far exceeded expectations and provided a story presented uniquely and humorously. Theatre will surely continue to work hard and present Air Academy with more exceptional, dramatic stories.