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Cast presents ‘Imperfect Proposal’

Public one-act performance is Tuesday

Ben, a young man in love, has invited his girlfriend to a romantic picnic in the park to pop the question. As soon as Kate arrives, though, his hopes of happily ever after are dashed as anything that could possibly go wrong does.

The park setting accommodates a variety of cast members, from an old couple bickering on a nearby park bench to a quiet girl reading under a tree and a jogger just passing through.

“Imperfect Proposal” by Lisa Parry makes room for 22 Brady High School actors and actresses, including a few who wanted to be on stage but didn’t want to have to memorize lines.

“We had several freshmen and a few others who wanted to be in the play but didn’t want to have to say anything,” said fifth-year director Tonja Shaw. “With this play, it works out that we can have all kinds of people walking through the park.”

Shaw said she and assistant director Jennifer Most chose “Imperfect Proposal” because it offers parts for several girls and it allows for little costuming and scenery.

The majority of the set is built around artificial Christmas trees that set a scene in the park. Shaw said the crew handles seven trees, including a 10-foot tree that must be taken apart and reassembled each time the cast performs.

“That means our stage crew has a lot of responsibility,” Shaw said.

The Brady one-act cast has performed twice already, including a championship performance at Sandhills Conference.

“It was a big deal to beat Hyannis,” Shaw said of the SHC contest. “They win year after year.”

Hyannis has qualified for the state contest seven of the past eight years so the victory was a big one.

In addition, Brady junior Donnie Trisdale also received the conference outstanding actor award as the character William, a cranky old man who is not afraid to voice his opinions.

Trisdale and the rest of the cast will perform for the public at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the school. A week later, on Nov. 27, Brady will compete in the D1-4 district competition at Callaway.

It is a new district for Brady with competition from schools Shaw has not coached against.

“We usually go to Holdrege and have to go up against Bertrand,” she said. “Maybe with a new district, we’ll have a chance to get to state.”

Teams in the district include Amherst, Anselmo-Merna, Brady, Callaway, Fullerton, Giltner, Loup City and Shelton. The winner of the district qualifies for state competition in Kearney Dec. 6.

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