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One Act spins plot like cursed carousel

Anna Mayes

October 22, 2019

“Willie! Willie! Willie!” These desperate cries can be heard throughout the WPBHS One Act play this year. The Haunted Carousel by Ruth Angell Purkey is directed by elementary teachers Marlene Wiechman and Jill Redmond, and Dairy Queen manager Alex Norton. 

            The play follows duo’s from the 1800’s through the future as they all have one thing in common: a carousel. Particularly, being stranded or left near a carousel. This haunts all characters’ thoughts and actions throughout the drama. 

            Wiechman has been directing plays at West Point for 7 years. She has also directed five musicals at the West Point Community Theatre. 

Thirty-five students are part of the one act cast and crew. They meet two times a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 6:30 am in the old District Office building. 

While no characters are specified as leads or main characters, “Carousel Barker”, “Middle Aged Woman” and “Willie” contribute in each scene. “Carousel Barker” and “Middle Aged Woman” are played by juniors Marcus Kienbaum and Brooklyn Weddle. The character “Willie” never actually appears on stage, so no person is cast for the role. 

“I think we have the leadership to be able to do well this year,” Wiechman said.

Upcoming performances include Saturday, November 16 at Fremont; Tuesday, November 19 at the West Point Community Theatre; Thursday, November 21 at Wisner-Pilger; and Monday, November 25 is conference at Stanton.

Wiechman also explains why she chose a serious play over a comedy. “I feel we do those well and have a better chance of placing higher. I also looked for a play that had a lot of characters, knowing the returning cast we would have.”

She praises senior Jamie Pierce for being in charge of the crew. Wiechman also loves the coaches she leads and feels they work well together.

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