Get ready for a night full of laughs on Oct. 12 and 13 at the McPherson High School. Thespian Troupe #3796 will perform five one-act plays: “Cut” by Ed Monk, “More Precious Than Diamonds” by Stephanie Hutchinson, “The Tarantino Variation” by Seth Kramer, “Time Flies” by David Ives and “The Roof Top Lesson” by Rich Orloff.

Greg McGlynn, McPherson High School theater teacher and director of the plays, said these five comedies give a glimpse behind the scenes.

"Many deal with the humor of theatre itself, directing, acting, technology. Basically fun silly scenarios giving all a good laugh," he said. "(Performing one-acts) gives multiple people a chance to perform on stage and be silly in world often full of tragic news."

New this year, one-acts will be performed in the fall, rather than the spring so that students new to the program have a chance to get involved earlier in the year.

In "Cut," actors rehearse a play within a play within a play.

The plot keeps getting more complicated and the actors begin to forget who is playing whom and who is the real director — as opposed to the actor who is playing the director, or vice versa.

The actors within the play can't seem to remember who the really are, as opposed to the people they are playing in any of the various scrips, and that's only the start.

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. at McPherson High School, with doors opening at 7 p.m.

The production serves as a fundraiser for the department so students can travel to the annual state-wide thespian conference in January. Donations can be given at the door and are appreciated by the director and students.

"We have very limited funding for our theatre program and any monetary amount given the night of our one acts would be greatly appreciated," McGlynn said.

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