Alden-Conger School to present pirate comedy in fall play

Published 10:25 am Friday, November 6, 2015

Chris Martens plays Long John Silver in Alden-Conger’s production of “Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen.” - Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Chris Martens plays Long John Silver in Alden-Conger’s production of “Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen.” – Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

Alden-Conger School student actors will get a chance to perform a pirate comedy this weekend.

The Alden-Conger Drama Department will present Craig Sodaro’s “Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen,” as its fall play.

The play will be at 7 p.m. today and Saturday, and at 2 p.m. Sunday on the Alden-Conger School stage.

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Admission is $4 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults.

“It’s great for families because who doesn’t love a pirate?” said Co-Director Ada Theusch. “It’s just a great way to spend an afternoon or an evening.”

Theusch became play director at Alden-Conger in spring 2011.

According to a synopsis, Roger Goodman, played by Ian Olson, wants to settle down and marry the wealthy Sarah Huffington, played by Lexi Martens, until he overhears her telling her friends how boring he is. Huffington wants to marry a pirate.

Goodman immediately buys a ship, recruits a crew and hires a pirate tutor, Long John Silver, played by Chris Martens, to show him the ropes. Silver gives him a new name, Captain Blood, as well as a ship name and flag to match.

In return, Goodman must sail him to Treasure Island to pick up chests of gold doubloons.

Meanwhile, Huffington makes herself into the pirate queen and quickly earns a reputation for raiding ships.

Huffington’s parents are also out on the high seas in their own ship. They all congregate on Treasure Island, which is already occupied by the retired pirate Bluebeard, played by Donovan Olson, and his crew, Alex Kuethe and Karley Guenther. The number of pirates on one landmass cause the loose cannons to explode.

The play will also be directed by Tara Roberts.

“We’ve never had so many laughs during rehearsals and even afterwards,” Theusch said. “And even afterwards, it is difficult for the actors to snap out of their pirate brogues. We hope you enjoy the show as much as we have enjoyed presenting it.”


Tickets, please

What: “Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen”

When: 7 p.m. today and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday

Where: Alden-Conger School

Cost: $4 for students and senior citizens, $6 for adults


Cast and crew

Roger Goodman: Ian Olson

George: Brett Neel

Sarah Huffington: Lexi Martens

Kate: Sam Kuethe

Belinda: Annika Riebe

Lord Hector Huffington: Trevor Kuethe

Lady Emma Huffington: Miranda Theusch

Claude: Kyler Huston

Maude: Izabelle Thostenson

Parrot: Breanna Kuethe

Sneak: Aidan Beckmann

Snaggle: Lauren Thunstedt

Snoot: Abbie Theusch

Long John Silver: Chris Martens

Laverne: Jenny Steene

Shirley: Alexis Allen

Lucy: Shelby Watkins

Ethel: Monica Bute Friday and Saturday night, Karley
Guenther Sunday.

Captain Belvedere: Robert Van Riper

Bluebeard: Donovan Olson

Smudge: Ahnika Johnson

Dandy: Maurene Olson

Kiki: Carrie Warmka

Miki: Trinity Johnson

Creaky: Shay Sailor

Pirate crew: Alex Kuethe and Karley Guenther

Student directors: Lexi Martens and Maurene Olson.

Hair and makeup designers: Skylar Abrego, Breanna
Brown, Sierra Dahlen, Ashley Graham, Elynn Johnson
and Elena Schewe.

The crew: Alexis Allen, Nick Jarvis, Jackson Martens,
Kane Purdy, Caleb Sorensen and Hayley Wedin.

Director: Ada Theusch

Assistant director: Tara Roberts

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