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Elementary Play Tryouts Before Christmas

The elementary play this year is “The Mysterious Case of the Missing Ring”, written by Janie Downey Maxwell, and produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Incorporated, Englewood, CO. The play is a comedy set at a small queendom in the present. The description that Pioneer Drama Service provides states that, "The royal ring is missing, and the queen won’t sleep until the royal detectives (all 13 of them!) find it. You’ve never met a more eclectic and eccentric group all in one play — including Maximum Smarts and Agent 98 with their Umbrella of Silence; Wiley Jones and his bumbling assistant, Oliver; Ms. Scarlet (who carries a candlestick and lead pipe in her purse but is ironically “clue”-less!); Bob the Southern Sheriff with his invisible dog; Inspector Change with a proverb for every occasion; the Professor (who’s always right, of course); Nancy and Jamie (clever girl detectives); Kat, who’s afraid of germs and even her own shadow; two tedious note-taking detectives; and Gypsy Rose the Fortune Teller. As they scour the Queendom in search of the royal ring, the chatty maids follow the harried queen around while the devious butler spouts suspiciously evil laughs every time a clue goes awry. In this fast-paced, madcap mystery, you’ll find delightful comedy for all ages in every quirky character... and a surprise ending that rings true!"

This year’s Dinner Theater will probably “air” in mid March. We are hoping to have all members cast before Christmas. This is a first - it will give the kids a chance to learn their lines over Christmas break. The play consists of 18 actors, but we have 25 students anxiously awaiting auditions next week. Fortunately, we’ve also had two students indicate that they would like to manage lighting and sound for the cast.

"I love to see the interest and enthusiasm that our elementary students show for the plays we’ve done. It is great experience for them, and they look forward to it every year," said Mrs. Crow.  

The play is self-supporting. Through funds raised from the proceeds of the meal, we are able to pay for the play booklets, royalties, cast T-shirts for the whole crew, pizza party following the public performance, and have a few dollars left over to purchase some costume items.

The directors put in countless hours of their own time without pay, because the reward is to see the excited faces of the children on the night of the play. It is always a thrill to see how well they can perform at such a young age. Parents are a great help throughout the meal, decorating, helping with costumes, and providing snacks for our practices. Esther Ryan has once again committed to organizing the meal. It is truly a community production.

We have arranged for individual auditions for the students grades 4 through 6. Mrs. Meyer and I will once again be the Directors. This is my 8th elementary production, and through the years I’ve had great co-directors. We did not have to dip into the lower elementary grades for cast members this year, although the 2nd and 3rd graders sure stepped up to bat last year, and we appreciated Mrs. Geiser once again helping direct the play.

The 6th graders MADE me promise to let them be in “one more play”, and we’re very fortunate to be able to “tap” their talents. I’m sure the public will enjoy this performance. It was truly enhanced last year with the addition of the sound system provided by SORC.


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