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Park Rapids High School Drama Department to present comedy “The Love of Three Oranges”

From the rich traditions of commedia dell’arte comes a brand new version of a classic Italian fairy tale. Based on a scenario by Carlo Gozzi and inspired by his original project, “The Love of Three Oranges” by Hillary DePiano is a wild, raucous, slapstick comedy completely reworked, revised and redone for today’s audiences. “You will find that this has a little bit of everything to tickle your funny bone,” said drama director Juliann Kjenaas. Prince Tartaglia's life is filled with misery until an evil witch casts a spell sending him on a quest for three giant oranges. This quest, however, soon proves more fruitful than he could have imagined. Once he leaves the castle he finds a friend in a clown, love in an orange and, most of all, laughter in everything he meets. Throw in witches, wizards, princesses, a unionized devil, a few ferocious inanimate objects, melodramatic monarchs and narrators who aren’t sure how far removed from the story they are and what you have in the end is a flurry of comedy and parody. Performances are 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5 at in the high school auditorium. Adult tickets are $6, senior citizens are $4 and students are free.

From left, seated are Tiarra May, Myah Schultz and Emily Kjenaas. Second row, kneeling, are Greta May, Coral Johnson, Tori Campbell, Amber Schroeder, Katelynn Warmbold, Kole Gieske, Sydney Ellisen and Shania Farlee. Third row: Madison Griffith, Isabela Simonson, Keegan Smythe, Robert Bruce, Noah Schulz, Peter Van Batavia, Elizabeth Bradt, Casimir Simonson, Madison Malzahn, Paige Hill, Emily Borders. Fourth row: Wyatt Soderberg, Jada Current, Mathew Bruce, Andrew Baldwin, Pierce Paulson, Rachel Neumayer. Back Row: Trinah Szafranski, Kenny David, Marcus McKeever, Nick Thelen, Marcus Hoyer. Not pictured:  Gunnar Larson, Justin Montzak, Maya Johnson, Sarah Merfeld, Chyann Lundy, Lyndsey Valentin, Kaleb Carlson, Casey Witkin, Dana McDonald, Alex Sanders, Laura Walker.

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