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|Paynesville Press - April 27, 2005|
Middle school thespians stage trio of one-act plays
Fifteen thespians from Paynesville Area Middle School staged a trio of one-act plays last weekend in the school auditorium.|
The actors and actresses performed 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," and "Oliver Twisted" also spoofs the Charles Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist."
"Oliver Twisted" followed a wise-cracking L.A. private investigator named Chuck Dickens (played by Ralph Daby) who is looking for Oliver Twist (played by Harrison Fangmeier), with a shady cast of characters trying to collect a surprise inheritance belonging to Oliver Twist.
David Ruprecht (as Dr. Albert Prince) keeps suspect Jon Person (as singer Presley York) under guard during "And Then There Was One."
"And Then There Was One" and "And Then There Was One, Too" spoof Agatha Christie murder mysteries. In the first play, the ten characters, stranded on a resort island, fake their deaths after an accident leads them to believe that there is a murderer in their midst. In the end, instead of identifying a nonexistent killer, all ten join forces to write a murder mystery, which is "And Then There Was One, Too."
In this mystery, the same cast of characters is invited to Cable Car Cliff, where they were stranded again. Again, a killer is apparently on the loose, but it really is a staged play-within-a-play, with the cast trying to write the ultimate murder mystery for their host (G. Rief).
At right: Kelsey Reinke, Brianna Fischbach, Ralph Daby, and Hayden Spaeth talk about their situation during "And Then There Was One,Too." Below: Ralph Daby (as Chuck Dickens) accepts a mysterious box from Michael Vaske (as Art Dodger) in "Oliver Twisted."
Cast of Characters
And Then There Was One
And Then There Was One, Too
Director: Jane Leitzman
Lights and Sound: Shawn Reinke
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