Student directors to present one-act play festival April 12-13

The annual One-Act Play Festival will run April 12-13 at Ripon College. The five short productions are directed by students. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening in Benstead Theatre, C.J. Rodman Center for the Arts, on the campus.

Admission is free, but reservations are recommended by calling 748-8791. These plays are intended for mature audiences

The one-acts traditionally are performed in spring as a requirement for senior theatre majors and minors. Seniors are tasked with coordinating their own show.

  • Savannah White ’19 of Carol Stream, Illinois, is directing “From the Mouths of Babes,” by Eva Anderson. Davey, a notorious troublemaker, has just been released from the time-out area of Happy Feet Daycare. He now has one objective: to convince Kimberly and Eli, his fellow playmates, to help him kill the daycare teacher. Employing devious psychological games, he slowly breaks them down and brings them over to his side.

    The cast feature Bailey Jerrick ’20 of Stoughton, Wisconsin, as Davey; Maddie Craig ’20 of West Bend, Wisconsin, as Kimberly; Logan Zeinert ’22 of Wittenberg, Wisconsin, as Eli; and Breana Smits ’22 of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, as Mrs. Havisham.

  • Sam Ginkel ’19 of Mequon, Wisconsin, is directing “A Long Trip,” by Dan McGeehan. A To reconnect with his wife one last time, an elderly man tells a story of the moment they fell in love, and the woman watches the story come to life before her.

    The cast includes Jamie Malach ’20 of Batavia, Illinois, as the older man; Brook Hogan ’22 of Barneveld, Wisconsin, as the older woman; Ryan Krogsgaard ’20 of Lewisville, Texas, as the younger man; and Lanie Kish ’22 of Jefferson, Wisconsin, as the younger woman.

  • Juan Baez ’19 of Carrollton, Texas, is directing “Gonna Need Some ID,” by Donna Latham. Sizzurup? Bombs? Will Jason save the foundation of America through his meaningless job at the supermarket? Jason, the suspicious cashier, interrogates customers as they attempt to make purchases.

    The cast includes William Stiggers ’22 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as Jason; Charlotte Tornee ’21 of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as Tiggy; Nicholas Tonn ’21 of Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin, as Louie; McKenna Daams ’21 of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, as Security Guard; and Katelyn Dano ’22 of Hubertus, Wisconsin, as Crazy-Ass Person.

  • Crystal Fercy ’19 of Appleton, Wisconsin, is directing “Carwash,” by Lewis Phillips. A man has lost his car in a carwash. As the owner of the car and the employees of the carwash try to work out what happened, they realize that everything is not as it seems.

    The cast includes Dakota Marlega ’21 of Waupaca, Wisconsin, as Pheiffer; Maria Reber ’21 of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as Joe; Rebecca Brunstad ’19 of Brainard, Minnesota, as Darliene; and Ethan Freiermuth ’19 of Prairie Farm, Wisconsin, as Man.

  • James Balistreri ’19 of Plymouth, Wisconsin, is directing “Who’s a Good Boy,” by Anthony Wood. Rex the Wonder Dog, a golden retriever, has gained a reputation as one of the best private eyes around. Join him on his latest case as he chases down a lost tennis ball in this Film Noir spoof.

    The cast includes William Bridenhagen ’21 of Neenah, Wisconsin, as Rex; Mackenzie Swart ’20 of Brookfield, Wisconsin, as Sasha; Courtney Hall ’20 of West Allis, Wisconsin, as Nipper; Mattie Ryback ’22 of New Berlin, Wisconsin, as Mitzie; and Race Rohde ’20 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as Sir Ralph.

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