Drama team to perform 1-act comedy

The Oconto Falls High School drama team is in production with hopes of making a return trip to the state competition for high school theater. Successfully completing the district level at Tomahawk, the Panthers move on to sectionals at Ashwaubenon, with their eyes set on state at Stevens Point in mid-November.

This year’s entry is the one-act comedy, “The Magician’s Daughter or The Villain Refused to Disappear,” a modern-day twist to the old-style melodrama.

Dastardly doings are happening within a run-down professional theater in Sagebrush, Nevada. The evil theater owner schemes to make ailing magician Alexandra the Great disappear so he can steal both her act and her lovely daughter. He fools the magician’s fading-rose assistant into helping set up a fatal stage trick. Can the heroic and love-struck young stage manager come to the rescue in time?

Under the guidance of director and coach Gayle Gander, the drama team includes Keith Archiquette, Rylee Krumrei, Hunter Christenson, Caitrin Lonzo, Kaitlin Kramarczyk, Emily Tomasek, Peter Murphy, Alex Radke, Jen Longsine, Adeline Pumplun, Mackenzie Staidl, Mara Grasse, Paige Bain-Vrba and Madison Pecha, who is also serving as student director.

The community is invited to a public viewing of “The Magician’s Daughter” at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. Prior to the performance will be the drama club’s annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser, served in the high school commons from 5-6:45 p.m.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 for the dinner and show or $5 for the show only. For information, call 920-848-4467.