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G-K students to present original play

Published: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 5:30 a.m. CST

The Genoa-Kingston High School Drama Department will offer some homegrown comedy this weekend with its fall play, “Under Construction.”

Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show will be performed at the G-K High School Auditorium. Tickets cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

Each show will feature two one-act comedies. Alan Haehnel’s “Fifteen Reasons Not to Be in a Play” kicks off the production. The show features an ensemble cast pointing out the pitfalls of appearing in a play. From early traumas involving a glory-seeking elementary school teacher to possible disturbances in the global climate, the cast makes its case in hilarious fashion.

The second half of the show features the debut of “Push Button, End Show,” a sketch comedy created by Genoa-Kingston’s Thespian Troupe 867. According to G-K drama director Jon Fromi, the process began back in the summer.

“We got together several times and just tossed out ideas,” he said in a news release. “We tried not to limit ourselves, though we wanted the onus to be on topics that centered on students around their age.”

What they got was a mix of reality and fantasy-based material held together by a running plot that one of the students has come across a button that will bring the show to a halt.

“Nobody really knows what the button will do if pressed,” Fromi said in the release. “It gave us something to keep revisiting throughout the show.”

Performing in “Fifteen Reasons Not to Be in a Play” are Grace Andersen, Elle Brown, Jacob Collingbourne, Alexis Downey, Noah Engles, Sarah Graf, Luke Harmon, Jackie Jacober, Jenny Puckett, Krysta Roberts, Tim Sullivan, Haley Temes and Jessica Tinoco.

Featured in “Push Button, End Show” are Matt Chandler, Samantha Fisher, Bryan Fowler, Sabrina Gandsey, Donny Gorrell, Audrery Harjung, Galen Hughes, Paul Stensrud, Cal Thompson and Rebecca Whittenhall.

Tickets are available at the door for all three shows. Tickets also can be reserved by calling the Genoa-Kingston box office at 815-784-5111, ext. 1301, and leaving a message.

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