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Friday, 04 November 2011 18:06

Some of the cast members of “The Penny Dreadfuls” run through their lines ahead of next week’s Dessert Theatre performance in Wauneta including, from left, Connor Kayton, Tailor Lee, Hannah Nordhausen, Alondra Almanza, Abby Fanning, Jake Maris, Jonee Maris, Weylin Davis, John Christner, Christi Christner, Wes Anderjaska and Cassidy Rathe.

 

 

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze

 

The stage is set, period costumes from the late 1800s are being stitched together, and lines mastered as the Wauneta-Palisade one-act team gets ready to launch a month-long run of performances.

“The Penny Dreadfuls” is the title of this year’s competition piece, with WP English and drama teacher Liz Noler, assisted by Teresa Hayes, guiding her cast of 23 and crew of 12.

The one-act team will deliver their first public performance when they host the annual Dessert Theatre on Tuesday, Nov. 8, beginning at 7 p.m. MT/8 p.m. CT. Tickets are $4 if purchased in advance or $6 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased from one-act cast and crew members or at the school office in Wauneta. All WP students will be admitted free of charge.

Ahead of next week’s Dessert Theatre, the team will give a dress rehearsal performance during school Friday, giving WP students and staff an early preview.

Noler describes “The Penny Dreadfuls” as a “dark comedy.”

In a brief synopsis the play is summarized as a story of orphans and runaways who steal for the conniving professor, with their loot ending up at a pawn shop run by three despicable ladies. Business had been very profitable until the mysterious Mad Aggie appears on the scene, seeking revenge. And revenge was never sweeter!

First, the professor gets a bottle of potion he believes will cure his baldness. It does, with hair growing everywhere.

Then Scuttlebutt, the leader of the Penny Dreadfuls, gets arrested. Add to this mix the corrupt Officer Culver and the professor’s demanding girlfriend, leaving the professor ready to pull his hair out. All of it! Laughter ensues as the villans get their due.

Cast members include: Christi Christner, Tailor Lee, Alondra Almanza, John Christner, Landon Jutten, Tayler Nordhausen, Emma Skelton, Hayden Pollmann, Weylin Davis, Wes Anderjaska, Cassidy Rathe, Connor Kayton, Jake Maris, Hannah Nordhausen, Jonee Maris, Logan Bischoff, Abbie Fanning, Sydnee Harchelroad, Leiauna Alberts, Jasmyn Smith, Brooklyn Nordhausen, Raven Walters, and Will Bartlett.

Crew members include: Lorenzo Cavanaugh, Jack McGraw, James Martin, Cody Hicks, Dakota Washum, Tyrel Kerchal, Tyler Knotts, Sheyla Christner, Raven Walters, Melinda Stretch, Dawn Pinkal and Jasmyn Smith.

Following Tuesday night’s performance at the Dessert Theatre, the troupe will take part in a one-act competition at Cozad on Thurday, Nov. 10.

The following week they will travel to Southwest for the RPAC One-Act Contest.

On Wednesday, Nov. 30, Wauneta-Palisade will have the honor of hosting the D2-5 District One-Act Play Production Contest. Other teams assigned to district D2-5 include Callaway, Eustis-Farnam, Hayes Center, Litchfield, Pleasanton, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, and Wallace.

State-qualifiers will be determined at districts, with the state contest slated for Dec. 8 in Kearney at the Merryman Performing Arts Center.

“We hope to be there,” notes Noler.

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