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Temple Drama

When all that’s wrong goes right

Disastrous  production is  a comedy of  misunderstandings

  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)
  • Temple Drama Club prepares for their upcoming performance of two comedy one-act plays this Friday and Saturday.<br/><br/>(Staff photo by Ashley Saari)

When opening night rolls around, the sets aren’t ready, actors haven’t shown up, the lead actress goes into labor, and the members of the audience are so disruptive that the play is hardly watchable. Everything is going smoothly for the Temple Drama Club.

Well, at least for their one-act comedy, “Take Five,” a play about a theater production where absolutely nothing can go right for the cast and crew. It’s one of the short one-acts the local community theater group will be presenting at the Temple Town Hall this Friday and Saturday.

“If it can go wrong, it will,” laughed Director Robin Downes of Temple about the play’s plot. Downes said the cast has learned a thing or two about disasters leading up to the performance tomorrow night. One of their own lead actors, Jennifer Rheaume of Temple, was diagnosed with an inner ear infection that affected her balance and left her in a wheelchair for some of their preparation time, and Downes herself is suffering from a sprained ankle. But the good thing about a comedy where everything goes wrong, Downes said, is that if Rheaume isn’t able to get up out of her chair, the show will go on, and the Rheaume will simply be rolling on the stage in her wheelchair.

“If she’s not, the show will go on, and I’ll just write it into the play,” said Downes. “But between that and my sprained ankle, we’re feeling just a little cursed.”

This is only the second time for Downes directing a Temple Drama production, but she has plenty of experience as a director, having led multiple productions at Mascenic Regional High School. In some ways, directing adults is easier, said Downes, especially as for the most part, all of her actors have worked together before and have experience with Temple Drama.

Temple Drama will also be presenting “Oh, What a Tangled Web,” written by John Carroll.

It all starts when a young woman, played by Kathryn Galley of Temple, simply wants to skip out on work to meet up with her boyfriend. But when she asks her little sister to cover for her, things quickly spiral out of control when the best lie she can come up with is that her sister can’t come into work because she’s died.

It’s a comedy of misunderstandings, said director Steve Cullinen of Temple in an interview Monday.

The play takes advantage of one common aspect of small town theater — the fact that everyone’s connected. The play features a mother with three daughters, who are played by a real life family. Mary Tyler-Wall plays Shirley Wilson, while her three daughters, Kathryn Galley, Bronwyn Tyler-Wall and Emeline Tyler-Wall play Shirley’s three daughters, who are at the center of the play’s misunderstanding.

The production will also be premiering a special introduction, written by the Temple Drama Club, commenting on all things Temple, taking its jabs at recent current events in the town, such as the effort to implement an SB2 voting system, and the proposed Wind Farm on Timbertop.

Temple Drama will present it’s annual production on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Temple Town Hall. Suggested donation for the event is $5.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter at @AshleySaari.

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