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Monday, February 25, 2008

Comedy hits a grand slam

The Whitewater High School Players are offering an evening of comedy in four one-act plays. These short comedies are geared toward teenage and adult audiences.

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Adam Taylor as Leon Trotsky in Variations on the Death of Trotsky.
"This is a Test"

by Stephen Gregg

Alaina is in her high school classroom in full test-taking anxiety. Sister Agnes instructs the class that they have 58 minutes to complete it. Beth Ide, a senior, describes her character, Alaina: "I get so paranoid that I think people around me are cheating and I'm going to fail the test completely. I think everyone is talking about me." Ide has been in five plays and musicals.

Natalie Tisdale, a senior, plays Sister Agnes and has been in two plays and two musicals.

Terri Williams is a sophomore and plays Ivana Black. She has been in three productions. In "The Wizard of Oz," she performed in the dancing segments and helped choreograph the dances.

Crystal Varelis, a sophomore, is the Game Show Host, and this is her third production.

Amelia Bertozzi-Villa plays the Mom, and has been in many productions before she moved to Whitewater. She is a junior and has been in a WHS Players production of "The Wizard of Oz."

The cast also includes Alaina's best friend, Lois (Katie Schramm), Evian (Kristi Goodman), Chris (Jennifer Paulson), Pat (Kathryn Letellierr) and Misty (Anna Foucault.)

"Sure Thing"

by David Ives

Adam Triebold, a junior, has been in almost all of Whitewater High School plays and musicals. Triebold's character, Bill, walks into a coffee shop and the rest is like a Comedy Sportz routine. "He's trying to pick up this girl (Lindsay Van Norman) and like a normal conversation, sometimes they'll both say awkward things, or there will be awkward pauses in the dialog," Triebold said. "There's a bell that will ring ... if something like that happens, and it will go back a couple of lines and they'll have a chance to say something better or maybe something funny." One of his lines is: "If I'm a straight down the ticket Democrat ...ding... straight down the ticket Republican ...ding... I vote my beliefs."

"Variations on the Death of Trotsky"

by David Ives

Leon Trotsky (Adam Taylor) and Trotsky's wife (Amber Wiest) examine an encyclopedia reference to his assassination. Trotsky's gardener, played by sophomore Quinn Masterson, has fatally struck Trotsky with an axe, but death takes place 24 hours later. Six scenarios of the final day ensue. Masterson, who plays Ramon in the play, explains two of the possible reasons why he committed the murder. "One is because I am in love with Mrs. Trotsky. The other one is I just rebel against Mr. Trotsky." Masterson, a sophomore and in his first play said, "I'm nervous, but it's a good experience so far."

"Present Tense"

by John McNamara

Norm (Jake Cortes) agonizes over his upcoming prom date with Ann (Anna Talpe). Although they have made plans to attend prom together, Norm is sure that Ann will go with someone else; she has called him and told him that her Aunt Gladys is sick and she might not be able to go. Worse, her old boyfriend, Doug Willard (Brian Halbach), seems to be paying attention to her at school. Not helping matters is Norm's friend, Jerry (CJ Nelson), who tries to convince Norm that Ann is giving him the "old put off."

Talpe is a senior and has been in three plays and three musicals.

Cortes is a senior and has been in "The Wizard of Oz," "The Music Man," "Don't Drink the Water," "Christmas Survival Guide," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged."

Carly Bade is a sophomore and she has been in four musicals and one play. Bade plays Norm's mom, and said, "Basically, I just yell and tell Norm when his friends are about to come in and talk to him."

This is the first play for Halbach, a sophomore; he describes his character as someone who thinks "he's the center of the universe and everybody just loves him."

Nelson, a freshman, has been in one other WHS Players production.

Other players are Shelly (Roxanne MacDonald) and Margie (Noelle Werner).

Lane and Anne Kuske are directors..

Performances of "Comedy Grand Slam" will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28, 29 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Whitewater High School in Whitewater. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for students ages 6-18. For more information, call the box office at 472-8178.

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