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SHERIDAN — The Fort Mackenzie High School drama students will be giving two performances of two plays on March 14 and 15 in the Carriage House Theater behind the Trail’s End Museum.
Both plays are short one-act productions that will be presented each night beginning at 7 p.m. Eleven Fort Mackenzie students have been preparing for the plays for several weeks.
“We have a lot of inexperienced actors who haven¹t spent time on stage before,” said Mick Wiest, English teacher and drama director at the school. “They are nervous but they are very excited about the performance.”
The two plays are titled “Oh, What a Tangled Web” and “Check Please: Take 3.”
“Oh, What a Tangled Web” was written by John R. Carroll and will be directed by Wiest.
The play centers around a girl who is invited on a date with a young man she really likes, but her job will not let her off work to go. Instead, she conjures up an excuse to get out of work that results in a large mix-up involving several people.
“It is a light-hearted comedy that shows what happens when someone starts out telling an innocent white lie,” Wiest explained. “I think they (the audience) are going to enjoy seeing how the characters deal with confusion over a misunderstanding.”+
The second play is “Check Please: Take 3” written by Jonathan Rand and directed by Stephanie Zukowski.
“It is a comical look at the pitfalls of blind dating,” Wiest said. “The two main characters, who are called guy and girl, kind of like each other, but haven’t discovered that yet, so both are going out on a series of blind dates. Each turns out to be a bit of a nightmare because of the people they are involved with.”
“What is going to be great about performing at the Carriage House will be having the audience up very close,” Wiest continued. “Consequently the laughter and applause will energize the actors and you¹ll see a great energy flowing between the actors and the audience.=
“The best thing about it will be the intimacy and the students being able to react to the energy of the audience.”
Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for non-Fort Mackenzie students.
Advanced tickets can be purchased by calling Fort Mackenzie High School at 763-8730 and some tickets might be available at the door the night of the performance.
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