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Laugh track: KidsPlay returns to the stage with 10-minute plays this weekend – The Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD — KidsPlay children’s theater returns to the stage this weekend with a 10-minute comedy collection.

“Take Ten” will feature a cast of 15 young actors in six short plays on April 23 and 24 at the HJ Ricks Center for the Arts in downtown Greenfield. This is the first time in two years that community theater for children will perform; his last production, “Over My Dead Body” was halted three weeks after production in March 2020 due to COVID-19.

Director Christine Schaefer said “Take Ten” was specifically chosen with COVID in mind, so if an actor were to be quarantined, just one of the 10-minute skits could be pulled without losing the entire show.

“The Weird Sisters” pose for a photoshoot with Macbeth as part of “Take Ten,” a collection of 10-minute plays presented by KidsPlay this weekend. Pictured left are Cailey Michalisko, Anthony Stunda and Madalyn Scullen.

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While the Omricon variant during the holidays got production off to a rocky start, four weeks of Zoom rehearsals followed by in-person practice starting in late February prepared the cast to hit the stage.

Included in the plays is “The Boys at IHOP”, where Dracula and the Wolfman meet in the wee hours of the morning to discuss their bad luck finding victims.

“Heads Up” depicts two birdwatchers horrified when a third birdwatcher shows up without his head.

Humpty Dumpty, Mary Hadda Little Lamb, Little Miss Muffet, Little Jack Horner and Jack Felldown share their fears and issues in “Group Therapy.”

“Macbeth Mixed Up” depicts the search for a third witch to curse Macbeth, but instead of another evil witch from Rent-a-Witch services, Gwenda the Good appears.

An art lesson is portrayed in “Timothy Meyer’s Vomit”, and the school curriculum gets a hit in “8 X 4 = China”.

Show times are 7 p.m. on April 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. on April 24. Tickets are $5 and are available at the box office one hour before the show, or in advance at Hometown Comics, 1040 N. State St., Greenfield.

The HJ Ricks Center for the Arts is located at 122 W. Main St., Greenfield. To learn more, visit KidsPlay on Facebook or email