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Kyle Pietrowski, Aaron Halvorson and Tristen Chamberlin (left to right) rehearse for Jefferson High School’s production of Moon Over Buffalo, a comedy coming to the Discovery Middle School auditorium in Alexandria November 8-10. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)

Students present ‘Moon Over Buffalo’

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The Jefferson High School (JHS) theater department will present Ken Ludwig’s farce Moon Over Buffalo Friday and Saturday, November 8-9 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. at the Discovery Middle School auditorium in Alexandria.

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Moon Over Buffalo is the story of traveling “over-the-hill” actors George and Charlotte Hay and the members of their theater company in 1953 Buffalo, New York.

George and Charlotte dreamed of becoming film stars, so when George gets a call from film director Frank Capra, he thinks his big break is ahead. However, first he has to convince his unhappy wife, noncommittal daughter, Rosalind, and the rest of their ragtag company to impress Capra.

By the middle of Act II, a mistaken identity leads to George being shot at, his daughter’s fiancé has been tied up and locked in a closet, and the company struggles to “hold it together.”

The original Broadway production of Moon Over Buffalo marked a return to the stage for comedienne Carol Burnett in the role of Charlotte opposite Philip Bosco. A New York Post theater critic wrote that Moon Over Buffalo was “one of the most hilarious things ever to be put on stage.”

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. General admission is available at the door.

CAST AND CREW

Tristen Chamberlin – George Hay

Tori Long – Charlotte Hay

Anna Peterson – Rosalind

Aaron Halvorson – Paul

Madison Nowling-Kjellberg – Ethel

Katy Niemeyer – Eileen

Spencer Vogel – Richard

Kyle Pietrowski – Howard

Tyler Carlson – stage manager

Gabe Clauson-Klepper – stage manager

Jessica Chipman – director

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