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Triad, Mater Dei to put on fall plays

Mater Dei Catholic High School invites you to attend its fall play, The Father of the Bride, a comedy by Caroline Francke, Nov. 6-8.

The chaos commences when When Kay Banks announces one morning that she plans to marry her new beau, Buckley Dunstan. Her mother is ecstatic and her younger brothers are happy for her engagement, but Mr. Banks just cannot seem to let his daughter grow up. Add to the mix the hapless fiancee and a cast of colorful characters, and the high jinx commence.

Buckley and Kay don’t want a “big wedding” — just a simple affair with a few friends. We soon learn that the “few friends” idea is out. The guest list grows larger each day causing Mr. Banks secretary, who was enlisted to trim the guest list, to quit. A caterer is called in, florists, furniture movers, decorators, and dress makers take over, and the Banks household is thrown into turmoil — not to mention growing debt.

When Kay, in a fit of temper, calls off the wedding, everyone’s patience snaps. Luckily, all is set right and the wedding goes off without a glitch. A 1950s movie version starring Spencer Tracy in the title character and Elizabeth Taylor delighted theater goers. A newer version starred Steve Martin as the anxious father and Martin Short as the over the top wedding planner.

The cast: The cast list includes Katelyn Vogelbacher of Highland and John Hund of New Baden as the bride and groom. Dominick Thomas of Aviston and Tressa Rudolph of Junction City play Mr.and Mrs. Banks. Ben Wilke of St. Rose and John Hilmes of Beckemeyer play the brothers. The remainder of the cast are: Becca Moss (Trenton), Joseph Petermeyer (Aviston), Megan Hill (Lebanon), Oceana Templin (Albers), Kegan Spirek ( Breese), Alexandra Norris (Lebanon), Camden Abert (Breese), Sarah Maller ( Troy), Anthony Lepore (Breese), Kendall Bowman (Salem), Katya Hoffmann (Highland), Madeline Sullivan (St. Jacob), Paris Hempen (Breese), and Amy Krebs ( Breese), with Kayla Zurliene (Breese) as the adorable flower girl. Maria Kreke of Breese is the student director and Kiirsten Kusmer of Mount Vernon is stage manager. The technical crew consists of Alex Mueth and Mackenzie Horstmann of Breese, Ethan Guillot of Pocahontas, and Heather Schulte of Aviston. The show is directed by Mrs. Donna Goetz with set construction supervised by Mr. Dwight Thomas.

Triad play

Triad High School’s fall play, Remembering Hiroshima: A Thousand Cranes and The Mask of Hiroshima will be performed in the school’s cafetorium on Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. both nights.

To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, two one-act plays will be presented.

The first, Kathryn Schultz Miller’s A Thousand Cranes is the true and poignant story of 12-year-old Sadako Saski, who was stricken with “radiation sickness” (leukemia) 10 years after the bombing of her city, Hiroshima. Her friend Kenji comes to visit her in the hospital and reminds her of an old story that says if a sick person folds a thousand origami cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again.

Although her spirits are lifted, Sadako still dies before reaching a thousand, leaving the remaining 365 cranes to be folded for her by her friends and classmates. Sadakos’ friends then originated the idea of building a monument to her and to all the children who were killed by the atomic bomb.

In 1958, the statue was unveiled in Hiroshima Peace Park. Sadako is standing on top of a granite mountain, holding a golden crane in her outstretched arms. Her wish is engraved on the base of the statue: “This is our city, this is our prayer, peace in the world.”

The follow-up piece, Ernest Ferlita’s The Mask of Hiroshima, is set seven years after the bombing. The play has to do with a couple who are expecting a baby. Shinji and Hisa Ishikawa both still wear the mask that the atomic bomb molded to body and soul. The effects of the radiation threaten Hisa’s life, and her father urges her not to have the baby. Why risk losing her, he asks his son-in-law, for a child who may not live? The difficult choice becomes the central conflict around which the short play revolves.

The cast: The double cast includes Maddie Jenkins (Sadako/Little Girl), Kaila Juenger (Actor/Hisa), Hannah Franklin (Actor/Chorus), Jacob Schalk (Kenji/Shinji), Jenna Biagi (Mother/Woman), Mack Durso (Father/Okuma) and Audrey Thompson (Grandmother/Chorus).

Assistant director is Lily Kolesa; stage manager is Sydney Steffen. Abby McPherson serves as crane coordinator. Sound technicians are Daniel Phegley and Joshua Fraley. Lighting technicians are Mason Burt, Finn Jones and Brannon Jones. Makeup is done by Ariana Perez and Danielle DeMay. Poster design was by Jessica Walling.

Ms. Laurel Sexton-Juenger serves as technical director with stage crew of Mason Burt, Francesca Butler, Jenny Clifton, Danielle DeMay, Sean Froidcoir, Kyle Garrett, Amber Jackson, Zoe Jeardoe, Finn Jones, Kaila Juenger, Alexandra Roper, Jessica Walling. Mrs. Shannon Mallrich directs.

Times & Tickets

Mater Dei: Showtimes are Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. All performances are in the school’s main gymnasium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for Knight Club members and Mater Dei students. Call the school office at (618) 526-7216 for reservations.

Triad: Performances will be in the school’s cafetorium on Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Shannon Mallrich at (618) 667-8851, ext. 7139.

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