The Waynesville High School Drama Department will present student-directed one-act plays at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the WHS Theater.
Admission is free.
The plays include:
— “Rumpelstiltskin at the Downtown Seven-Eleven” by Jerry Rabushka takes place in downtown St. Louis, where Rumpelstiltskin helps a couple by spinning straw into gold to pay their mortgage. All seems well, until he ultimately demands the couple’s first child as his payment.
— “So You Wanna Be A Cheerleader” by M.G. Davidson tells the story of a four-member cheerleading squad looking for a fifth member to be able to compete at nationals. Audiences can follow the stereotypical “smart but nice” captain, the mean sidekick, the airhead and the male cheerleader as they encounter different people of different lifestyles and find it harder and harder to stay focused.
— “A Murdered Mystery” by Karl Garner is described as “a play within a play” about a group of actors staging a mystery. The story begins with a butler holding a gun, standing over a body on the floor. Assuring the audience that things aren’t what they seem and that this is not a simple case of “the butler did it,” he introduces the other suspects, all with motives of their own. But the audience soon learns that the actors behind the curtain are just as jealous, petty and conceited as the characters they play, with comic results.
— “Nobody Sleeps” by Guernsey Le Pelley follows the character of Spike, who enters the Busby household believing that it will be a routine burglary. When Spike gets caught by Daisy, he tries his best to complete the job but keeps getting interrupted as Daisy talks about her family life. Eventually, the rest of the Busby family awakens, and Spike becomes increasingly agitated and determined to get out of the house, only to find himself confronted by the Busbys, who won’t stop talking or criticizing Spike’s plans to rob them.
— “The Most Dangerous Game” by Burton Bumgarner follows four potential employees selected for a job interview at Zaroff headquarters. While the position is the ultimate dream job for each candidate, they soon learn to that to get the position, they must play a game in which the three other professionals interviewing with them must be killed. Locked in the same room together, each character is reluctant to play, but must use their wits and resourcefulness to become the winner.
Students have rated the shows PG or PG-13 for mild violence.