Phillips County Players who make up the cast of “Play On!” are pictured from left, front row, Amber Schroetlin and Jerry Brandt; and back row, Pete Markle, Zander Salyers, Janel Wailes, Bob Brandt, Dolly Smith, Eric Conklin and Jair Jimenez. Not pictured is Kayla Marshall. The show will run this Friday-Sunday, May 19-21 at the high school auditorium. —Johnson Publications

‘Play On!’ comedy opens Friday

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to realize a theatrical production? Phillips County Players’ first performance of the season will be a comedic glimpse into the dramatic lives of actors such as themselves. “Play On!” a comedy by Rick Abbot, is a play about a community theater group that is trying — with limited success — to prepare for the curtain to go up.

Phillips County Players will take the stage Friday-Sunday, May 19-21, at the Holyoke High School auditorium. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m., and Sunday’s performance will be at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

The three-act play will take spectators through a practice,  dress rehearsal and opening night of the fictional performance of “Murder Most Foul.”

In the comedy, the eccentric Phyllis Montague, a novice community playwright, cannot stop tweaking the script of her play, dooming the cast and crew from the start. Even as the director and actors attempt to navigate rehearsals just days prior to the performance, she keeps meddling, making change after last-minute change.

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