By EMILIE NELSON
Messenger staff writer
FARNHAMVILLE - Twisted tales of love and marriage will abound when Prairie Valley High School presents its spring play this weekend.
Students will present Julianne Bernstein's "Pizza: A Love Story" and Bill Rosenfield's "Bridal Terrorism" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the elementary school auditorium.
The two one act-plays feature a cast of 10 students. "Pizza: A Love Story" portrays the story of Janet, played by senior Anna Brandes and Jeffrey, played by sophomore Taylor Nelson, a dating couple. When bachelor Jeffrey decides to propose to Janet, her nerves get the best of her even though she loves Jeffrey and in a panic, she calls her sister, Rita, played by sophomore Nicole Burbridge, orders a pizza and calls the police - anything she can possibly do to distract her proposing boyfriend.
"Jeffrey asks her to marry him and she just kind of freaks out," said Nelson.
What: Prairie Valley High School spring play
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: Prairie Valley Elementary School auditorium, 3116 Zearing Ave. Farnhamville
Cost: $8 adults, $5 students, available at PVHS office or at the door
"Pizza: A Love Story"
Janet: Anna Brandes
Jeffrey: Taylor Nelson
Rita: Nicole Burbridge
Rick: Jake Tutak
Officer: Travis Goodale
"Bridal Terrorism" Lionel: Wyatt Hanna
May: Molly Wood
Terry: Travis Goodale
Gina: RaeAnna Harrison
Colin: Andrew Gibbs
Betty: Kim Burbridge
"Janet does what anyone would do; calls the cops and orders a pizza," said Director Dave Stokesbary.
In all of the confusion, Janet's annoying sister gets caught up in the mess as does Rick, the Romeo and Juliet loving pizza delivery guy, played by junior Jake Tutak.
The tables are turned in "Bridal Terrorism," which tells the story of May Wilder, a 34-year-old single woman fearful of falling victim to a terrorist attack if she hasn't married by the time she turns 35.
"She is part of a bridal terrorist group," said senior Molly Wood, who plays May. "The group members think they're going to be victims of an attack if they don't marry by their 35th birthdays."
May sets out to find herself the perfect groom and along the way, finds Lionel Stark, played by sophomore Wyatt Hanna, relaxing on a park bench and decides he is the perfect eligible bachelor.
May has her entire entourage, including her sister, Gina, played by freshman RaeAnna Harrison, brother-in-law Colin, played by junior Andrew Gibbs, and mother Betty, played by senior Kim Burbridge and Terry, a judge, played by sophomore Travis Goodale, ready and waiting close by.
Lionel is hesitant to agree to the backward marriage proposal, and comes up with his own story to convince May he is crazy.
Stokesbary said the cast has been great to work with, and seeing them step into their roles in the cast has been a fun experience.
"I tell the kids, one of the nice things is, this is a chance for them to get to be someone totally different than who they really are," he said. "They're all great kids, but the fun of it is in getting to be someone else for a while."
Contact Emilie Nelson at (515) 573-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org