Royalton Drama Club to present a ‘Mind Boggling’ opener to its season

The Royalton Drama Club will present a “Mind Boggling” performance Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 - 9, at 7 p.m. in the Royalton High School gym. Cast members include front row (from left): Emily McCallson, Brittany Brower, Brandi Smekofske, Lulu Martinez and Jacquline Nichols. Second row: Susie Strusz, Jordan Malikowski, Laura Huls, Nick Petron, Trevor Cimenski and Jesse Popp. Back row: Jason Trutwin, Molly Presler, Bethany Cimenski, Ali Moga, Janeille Schaubhut, Lanae Sieben and Mallory Ratke. Not pictured Maddy Block and Ali Przybilla.

The Royalton Drama Club will present a “Mind Boggling” performance Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 – 9, at 7 p.m. in the Royalton High School gym. Cast members include front row (from left): Emily McCallson, Brittany Brower, Brandi Smekofske, Lulu Martinez and Jacquline Nichols. Second row: Susie Strusz, Jordan Malikowski, Laura Huls, Nick Petron, Trevor Cimenski and Jesse Popp. Back row: Jason Trutwin, Molly Presler, Bethany Cimenski, Ali Moga, Janeille Schaubhut, Lanae Sieben and Mallory Ratke. Not pictured Maddy Block and Ali Przybilla.

The Royalton Secondary School Drama Club opens its 2013-14 season with the cutting edge production of “Mind Boggling” by Laura Woebbeking.

“This is one of the largest and best casts we have had at Royalton,” said senior Brandi Smekofske. The fact that it is a comedy is sure to pique the interest of people of all ages.

The production itself showcases the life of Pat Smith, an advertising executive who is plagued by seemingly debilitating headaches. Pat’s wife suggests he see a specialist for his problems, and after visiting the quacky Dr. Noseitall is told that his headaches can only be cured by a mind-body transplant. Pat is given a prescription for a namebrand body and visits the Body Mart to make his purchase.

The selection of a body is no easy decision and the Body Mart is no ordinary store. Bluelight specials, falling prices, store employees with attitude, not to mention wandering bodies, all come together to make this shopping experience an unforgettable thrill.

Pat’s problems are complicated by a demanding boss, his daughter’s punk boyfriend and the annoying town gossip. The civil servants of this community are not exactly normal either. The emergency medical technician is afraid of blood, the firemen carry garden hoses and ride bicycles (due to budget cuts), and the police are power hungry blockheads.

“While those who surround Pat seem to have only his best interests in mind, the play has a twist ending that will leave viewers in stitches and the women in the audience triumphant,” said drama coach Sheri Menden.

Most of these cast members have not worked together because eight of the 20 actors are freshmen who are participating in the senior high play for the first time this year.

Regardless, “This season’s cast members have a lot going for them; the freshmen have really stepped up, and it’s great to see everyone giving 100 percent,” said senior Mallory Ratke.

“Sometimes living in a small community has clear benefits, even though these students may be four years apart in age they have relatively close contact with one another which allows them to work so well together on the stage,” said Menden.

The actors also recognize that working toward the final performance is not the only benefit of being in the drama club, said Menden.

“As part of the drama team, I have always had such a great time making new friends while having fun creating new personalities and fake relationships on stage,” said Smekofske.

From a group that knows how to have fun, the entire cast of “Mind Boggling” invites the public to enjoy their performances which take place Friday and Saturday, Nov. 8 – 9, at 7 p.m. in the Royalton High School gymnasium.

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