Local schools to stage plays this weekend

Four local high schools are staging plays between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17. The schools are Cheney, Garden Plain, Conway Springs and Campus high schools. In addition, Argonia High School has added an encore performance of its musical.


‘Disorder’ will be theme at Conway Springs High play

Conway Springs High School will stage “Disorder in the Court” this weekend.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The original schedule called for a Friday show, but that was changed to a Sunday matinee to avoid a conflict with Friday’s Cardinals’ football game at Norton.

The comedy is about Casey Licit, who while on a cross-country road trip is apprehended and held for trial in the town of Berserksville. Accused of a triple crime, she is represented by a hapless defense attorney, and the prosecution uses underhanded means to get a courtroom win.

Amy Zoglman portrays Casey. Other cast members include Owen Balman, Neal Zoglmann, Jaden Herndon, Annette Berntsen, Allyson Lange, Taylor Schulte, Rylie Thomson, Emma Zoglmann, Averie Stull, Dakota Beck and Brady Soliman. Set and props crew members are Brennon Hekel, Robin Heimerman, Tracy Johnsen, Dylan Martin, Sadie Schmanke and Taryn Starks. Hekel and Karley Mooneyham lead the audio-visual crew.
CSHS teacher Tamara Salisbury is acting as production manager. Conway Springs High alumnus Kacy Chamberlain is directing.

“The kids like this show a lot,” said Salisbury. Auditions were in September, and rehearsals began shortly after that.
Advance tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for students through 12th grade. They are available at the Conway Springs High School office and at Hired Man’s Grocery & Grill. Tickets at the door are $4 for adults and $3 for students. The show will be in the Conway Springs High School auditorium.


It’s almost time for ‘Almost, Maine’

CHENEY – New England is the setting for Cheney High School’s fall play, “Almost, Maine.”

On a cold and magical winter night, the residents of the town of Almost have a number of playful and surreal experiences. The show is comprised of nine short plays exploring loss and love. It premiered in Portland, Maine, and received rave reviews while breaking box office records.

“It’s one of the most popular plays put on in high schools in the last 10 years. It’s crazy popular,” said director Jera Hoffman. “It’s a little more serious than what we normally do. It mixes in some drama with comedy.”

The show has a cast of 17 and another 13 members are on the crew.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The original school calendar called for a Friday performance, but with the football team’s game at Scott City on Friday night, that show was turned into a Sunday matinee.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Cast members include Elijah Judd, Jordan Stoehr, Mason Albers, Jalyn Turner, Cale Alumbaugh, Natalie Burdick, Emma Clear, Reagan Pearce, Jadon Bell, Tess Bennett, Seth Teague, Fransisco Mares, Hayley Sutter, Morgan Sutter, Reece Keller, Ashlynn Fairall and Jonah Galloway.

Crew members are Cassidy Foley, Kaitlyn Chain, Andi Swank, Kay Almendariz, Savannah Galloway, Jared Sales, Abigail Vajnar, Jolene Wiesender, Bayleigh Morris, Dylan Morris, Madison Oliver, Thomas Almendariz and Ashlyn Schwartz.


Shakespeare meets Dr. Seuss in Garden Plain HS play

GARDEN PLAIN – What if Romeo and Juliet lived in Whoville with the other Whos?

You’ll get something of an answer to that question this week as Garden Plain High School presents “The Seussification of Romeo and Juliet.” The comedy will hit the GPHS stage on Thursday and Saturday.

It is a whimsical reinvention of the well-known but tragic love story. You’ll find the creative phrasing and magical ideas that Dr. Seuss fans are familiar with, although this play was written by Peter Bloedel and not the good doctor himself. The elements of Shakespeare are there, with maybe the exception of no tragic deaths at the end, but the comedy in this show is much more accessible than the musings of the Bard. And the cast of the show is in agreement.

“They are really enjoying it. It keeps us laughing,” said Cassiday Puderbaugh, who is in her second year of directing the annual play at Garden Plain High School.

The production features a cast of 17 with three crew members. Auditions were held in late August, and rehearsals began in September.

The show will be staged in the wrestling gymnasium. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday and Saturday.
Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. GPHS students are admitted free.
Cast members are Abby Wimmer, Alyssa Hunter, Anna Dye, Damien Evans, Ella Lilly, Francis Stuhlsatz, Garrett Richardson, Kaden Pauly, Kennedy McReynolds, Kyra Stuhlsatz, Laura Gorges, Megan Heimerman, Nevaeh Brittain, Reese Byers, Sarah Kelley, Tanner Rockers and Taylor Meyer. Crew members are Celia Puetz, Alli Puetz and Luke Hillman.


‘HONK!’ reimagines classic tale of beauty

HAYSVILLE – The Campus High School music and theater departments will present this year’s fall musical, “HONK!,” with shows this Friday and Saturday.

“HONK!” is a musical comedy based on the Hans Christian Andersen story of “The Ugly Duckling” written by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe. A gaggle of farmyard characters join the naïve but lovable character Ugly on his journey from a mistaken duckling to an elegant swan.

Ugly, whose odd looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors, is lured away from his mother and the farm. Peril lies around every corner, usually in the shape of the ravenous Cat. But while trying to find his way home, Ugly receives help from unlikely sources. In addition, along his spirited but hazardous journey, Ugly not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

Witty, hilarious, and also deeply moving, HONK! will treat you to equal amounts of laughter and tears. It’s a great show for the whole family that teaches tolerance and acceptance.

Shows will be at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Campus High School auditorium, 2100 W. 55th Street South.
Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. Tickets at the door will be $10 for adults and $6 for students.


Argonia High’s first musical gets an encore

Argonia High School students will stage an encore performance of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

The first performance was Nov. 9. The curtain will rise on a second show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

The comedy is the first Broadway musical that director Natalie Shirley recalls being staged by Argonia High School. Her recollection is that Argonia’s last school musical was by the junior high 10 years ago.

Part of the challenge is that Broadway musicals are expensive to produce, with the royalties normally beyond the reach of small schools. But a special program by one theater rights company gives a discount to schools with small populations. Additional resources also were made available.

“We had to find a musical to match our talent,” Shirley said.

There are 10 cast members – eight students and two faculty members.

The script does not decide who the spelling bee winner is. Instead, that will be decided as the show goes along. Four audience members will be pulled into the show.

“And they have a chance to win, like everybody else,” Shirley said. “There’s a lot of ad-libbing and rolling with the punches.”
Students have had to learn music in addition to their lines, and must also be able to react and think on their feet since the show is not 100-percent scripted.

Three cast members are State forensics qualifiers, so Shirley is working with a talented cast. And most cast members never come off stage, so the show requires skill and endurance.

“Everybody’s really pulling their weight. When kids haven’t been on stage, they’ve been filling in in other ways,” she said.

Cast members are Hope Casner, Creek Love, Ross Carter, Aubreigh Haxton, Shelby Handlin, Savannah Shively, Jadyn Gallardo and Ryder Ragan. The crew includes Brady Roblin, Wesley Weishaar, Hayley Sprouse, Brayden Pierce, Emily Kesinger, Brooke Love, Alyssa Martin, Allie McCurley, Damien Smith and Aidan Kollmeyer.