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Local students prepping for one-act play

October 25, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Seventeen Rugby High School actors and actresses have been working hard preparing their one-act play for the public performance on Tuesday, November 5 and the Region IV play competition held in Rugby on Nov. 7. The public performance will be November 5 at 7:00 in the RHS auditorium.

The cost is $3.00 for adults and $2.00 for students. Please join the cast after the show for dessert, ice cream, and possibly a silent auction. Proceeds will go toward the fine arts trip to Minneapolis the students will be taking in May. They will be seeing two musicals, attending a symphony orchestra concert, and visiting art museums.

The play they're preparing is "The Cop and the Anthem." It is based on O. Henry's short story, but Mark Bucci adapted it for the stage. The play takes place in New York, 1908. In this comedy, the main character, Lemuel, has a problem...he can't get arrested. Each year, when winter approaches, Lemuel would rather spend the winters in a local prison rather than spend them on his park bench as a homeless bum.

As he walks along, he encounters many people and policemen, giving him many chances to commit misdemeanors, but something always goes wrong. Is he losing his touch? Will he have to spend the winter on the street?

There's always a twist to O. Henry's stories.

The students bringing this story to the stage are: Zach Miller as Lemuel T. Thwackbusher, Kaitlyn Boucher as Head Waitress, John Mueller as Cop #1, Kelsey Schmaltz as Saleslady, Landen Foster as Street Cleaner, Kyler Odden as Tough Boy, Brad Heidlebaugh as Cop #2 (Swede), Benji Miller as Man with Umbrella, Maria Mack as Little Girl, Shea Heidlebaugh as Mother, Jessica Blessum as Woman Two, Allie Foster as Woman One, Nigel Hageness Cop #3 (Irish), ReeAnn Christianson as Florabelle, Chris Hamilton as Cop #4 (Italian), Darby Deckert as Old Lady, Jacob Berginski as Cop #5 (NY). The technical crew is: Nolan Hovland, who runs the sound and lights, and Brett Berginski and Josh Pfeifer are stagehands. The director is Shannon Miller. The play is being performed with the permission from Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

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Shannon Miller



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