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  • Osage one-acts a show for the whole family

  • The stage is set and the curtain is ready to rise on the latest production presented by School of the Osage. The School of the Osage theater department is hosting two one-act plays Thursday and Friday night.
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  • The stage is set and the curtain is ready to rise on the latest production presented by School of the Osage. The School of the Osage theater department is hosting two one-act plays Thursday and Friday night.
    Each one-act, 'Jack vs. Jill' and 'Crushed' run about thirty minutes each and provide contrasting entertainment from the musical the students put on in the fall.
    Jack vs. Jill is a spoof on the traditional Jack and Jill nursery rhyme. It is filled with other childhood characters like the three blind mice, mother goose and two of the three little pigs. Crushed is the tale of two teenagers who need some coaching to improve their dating life. It is full of the do's and don'ts that anyone single or married can relate to.
    "It's going to be a fun night. Young children are going to enjoy Jack vs. Jill more than the older ones. The older ones are going to be able to understand Crushed better," Director Carly Klinginsmith said.
    Before Klinginsmith took over the theater department, the school presented two full-length plays a year. She is now introducing what she hopes becomes a new tradition at School of the Osage.
    "I like to do the one-acts this semester because it gives me more of an opportunity to showcase different types of theater," she said.
    About 30 students total are involved in the production, and everyone that auditioned gets to be on stage in some sort of capacity, which is important to Klinginsmith.
    "These are a lot of fun and have a lot of opportunities for a lot of kids," she said. "There's a bunch of little parts so a bunch of people get to be on stage and do those things."
    Klinginsmith uses this opportunity to introduce newcomers to theater and to promote interest in the theater department.
    "My goal is to let people who are interested or are shy or are thinking they kind of want to be a part of it, it lets them get on stage," she said.
    Klinginsmith uses the spring semester as a time to concentrate on her Forensics team. Forensic students travel to competition and compete in theatrical events such as improv, solo, duet and storytelling. She plans on taking Crushed to a competition in March.
    Klinginsmith hopes that entire families come to the show to enjoy the variety and comedy on stage.
    "I just want them to be entertained," she said.
    Each night the show begins at 7 p.m. Doors will open around 6:30 p.m. Jack vs. Jill will kick off the night with a 15 minute intermission before Crushed. Tickets cost $3 for everyone at the door.
    Page 2 of 2 -  Editor's Note: If School of the Osage is canceled due to inclement weather on Thursday, there will not be a show that evening. Friday's performance will also depend on weather. Keep up with www.lakenewsonline.com or follow Lake News Online on Facebook for updates.
     
     
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