It's called O. MacDonald's Farm, and there's even an E.I.E.I.O., but when the Payson Drama Club takes the stage for its first production of the year, don't expect a barnyard melodrama.
"May the Farce be with You," running Oct. 5-7, at the PHS auditorium, is a riotous comedy featuring fast-paced action at the high energy level local theater buffs have come to expect from high school students.
O. MacDonald's Farm is actually a health spa in a remote area of New Mexico owned by a mysterious organization known as E.I.E.I.O. (an acronym for The Elite Idealistic Earth Individuals Organization). E.I.E.I.O.'s members are the super heroes who keep our planet safe from bad guys and other sundry forces of evil.
They include Acrobat Man, Albatross, H2O Girl, Astarte, and, of course, the Terrific Trio, but not Superbrain and Wizard Woman, who are no longer "top drawer physically." Anyway, every year during the first two weeks in June, the super heroes hold a conference at the resort, which also gives them a chance to drop a pound or two. But this year the chef has walked off the job, and his last-minute replacement, Star Raider, just happens to wear a black chef's outfit instead of the traditional white.
If you aren't buying his explanation, that he was the night chef at his last job, you get an "A" for "astuteness." But you won't believe what our heroes are about to go through to save the world.
It's a riotous, raucous, rollicking good time that will leave you rolling in the auditorium aisles, and here's a hint: while Superbrain and Wizard Woman have been reduced to "fighting corruption on a small-town level," don't count them out just yet.
Megan Lower as resort owner Miss MacDonald heads a cast that includes Daniel Jacobs, Laura Perham, Daniel Kitchen, Ashley Dryer, Nicole Cahill, Heather Schneider, Ryan Hilgendorf, Cassandra Miles, Joe Johnson Jr., Randy Perham, and Shannon Meinerts. PHS drama teacher John Siler directs,.
The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday, while Friday's performance is a 2 p.m. afternoon matinee. Tickets, which can be purchased at the door, are $3 for adults, $2 for students and $1 for Renaissance Card holders. Children under first-grade will be admitted free.