River Rats to perform wide range of plays
It may be a night of immense emotions as actors and actresses of the Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts present “An Evening of Very Short Plays” along with a dinner on Sunday, April 28 at Turner Hall, located at 518 Vine in Boonville.
River Rats member Meredith Ludwig said the plays cover a wide range of stories, including a talking cat, elderly driving, love in the library, the dangers of Mountain Dew, a couple of wild sisters as well as more serious topics. The plays are no longer than three minutes.
"So if one play isn't to your liking, another one will be coming right up and we serve dinner in between three sets of plays," Ludwig said.
This will be the fourth year the River Rats has decided to offer an event such as this. Ludwig said the event has done very well in the past and is sold out for this year.
The acting ensemble for this year includes River Rats veterans Tom Burns, Haley Coburn, Jen Davis, Robin Henke, Jeremy Holland, Deb Jewett, Steve Jones, Tim Nadeau and Katelynn Ann Stodgel. The directors for the plays include Sue Burns and Taylor Tutin.
Plays will be presented along with a catered meal.
The plays presented during the appetizer portion of the meal include, An Elderly Escape by Courtney Grissum, Jenny by Kaitlyn Gebhard, Opie by Kathy Kelley, Speed-Detecting by Hillary Carter, A Father’s Farewell by Megan Kraus and Left Brain Dates Right Brain (or, Love is Blind) by Ellen Sweeney.
While the entree or main course is being served, plays being presented will include, The Coach by Steve Jones, Imagine by Svetlana Grobman, The Science Project by Jeanne Heuser, Sisters by Sherry Broyles, Running Numbers by Loretta Srch and Nursing Home Visit by Joan Read.
After the main course is completed the dessert will follow, which will include, All You Need Is ... by Lesley Oswald, Who Decides? by Heather Harlin, The Dirty-Finger Dentist by Cary Butters, The Life of a Gerbil by Holly Hughes, To Talk or Not to Talk by Shirley King and Library Love by Taylor Tutin.
Out of the many submissions, four of the scripts were written by Boonville High School students. Ludwig also said one director and three actors are from the high school as well.