Oconto Falls High School offers spaghetti and a play

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The public has a chance Friday to enjoy a spaghetti dinner and a performance of the Oconto Falls High School Drama Team’s one-act production of “The Distracted Scholar’s Guide to Literature and Drama.”

“The Distracted Scholar” will be performed at 7 p.m. in the Falls Area Performing Arts Center. Prior to the show will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser, sponsored by the school’s drama club. Dinner will be served from 5-6:45 p.m. in the high school commons.

Dealing with the topic of short attention spans, this comedy offers to teach the audience everything they’d ever need to know about the major movements and works in Western literature and drama. Well, kind of.

The audience will be given a fast-forward tour of authors, playwrights and poets including Sophocles, Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare and Jane Austen. Major movements in literary and dramatic history, like the Enlightenment and Romanticism, are taught as the actors portray a mash-up between “Frankenstein” and “Pride and Prejudice,” as well as other unlikely pairings and synopses.

The play is filled with ghosts, villains and common plot devices, and burns through the other major periods in literary history culminating in a fast-paced handling of movies and “The Great Summer Blockbuster!”

Under the direction of faculty member Gayle Gander and senior Aliza Dickinson, the 2017 team is comprised of Ethan Winkler, Emily Tomesek, Madison Pecha, Peter Murphy, Mackenzie Staidl, Paige Stapleton, Lydia Murphy-Hendricks, Alex Kamke, Aidan Spillane, Paul Langlay, Adeline Pumplun, Gary Saari and Keith Archiquette. Technical support is provided by Camden Jackson, Alex Radke, Jacob Holman, David Grenke and Katelyn Staidl.

The team competed at the District Theatre Festival Oct. 14 in Tomahawk and earned the opportunity to compete at Sectionals in Oconto Falls last Wednesday, where they received a perfect “advanced” rating. As a result, they qualify to compete in the State One-Act Contest, part of the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival, Nov. 17-18 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Tickets will be sold at the door for $8 (dinner and show) or $5 (show only). For more information, call the OFHS Theatre Department at 920-848-4467, ext. 4150.