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|Paynesville Press - April 20, 2005|
Middle schoolers to present one-act plays
Fifteen thespians from Paynesville Area Middle School will stage a trio of one-act plays this weekend.|
The actors and actresses have rehearsed three mystery spoofs: "Oliver Twisted," "And Then There Was One," and "And Then There Was One, Too." All three spoof mysteries by Agatha Christie, who wrote "And Then There Were None," according to director Jane Leitzman, and "Oliver Twisted" also spoofs the Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist."
Each play lasts about 40 minutes, and there will be intermissions between each play. The total performance should last just over two hours.
Performances will be staged in the school auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 22, and at the same time on Saturday, April 23.
"Oliver Twisted" follows a wise-cracking private investigator named Chuck Dickens (played by Ralph Daby) who is looking for Oliver Twist (played by Harrison Fangmeier).
Practicing a scene last week for the upcoming PAMS plays were, from left, Jon Person, Jayna Flanders, Ralph Daby (standing), Ezra Thompson, Kelsey Reinke, Brianna Fischbach, Dillon Herem, David Ruprecht, and Karla Leitzman.
"And Then There Was One" and "And Then There Was One, Too" largely have the same cast, starring Daby as Clayhorn the Butler and Karla Leitzman as Mimms the Maid. These plays also feature an inspector (Hayden Spaeth), a "plain" woman (Brianna Fischbach), an actress (Kelsey Reinke), a singer (Jon Person), an ingenue (Jayna Flanders), a handsome man (Ezra Thompson), a doctor (David Ruprecht), and the victim (Taylor Haag).
A freewill offering will be taken at the play.
Cast of Characters
And Then There Was One
And Then There Was One, Too
Director: Jane Leitzman
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