The Aliens have landed

Joyce Hinrichs

The Herald

The Aliens have landed! The Aliens have landed!! Watch out people of Mott, the Aliens have landed!

Cassandra Johnson and Noah Blickensderfer as Billi and Irving.
Cassandra Johnson and Noah Blickensderfer as Billi and Irving.

Published November 22, 2013

The Herald

No, wait; it is just Mrs. Andrus’ class of young thespians as they performed the play, “Alien Fish” by Bradley Walton. The plot takes place in Bill’s Fishing Supply store, which has (unknown to its owner, Cassandra Johnson) a worm hole in the supply room from which enter space characters, “Cyan”, the lovely, colorful and very funny two headed space fish with three tails (Alicia Billock and Jaycee Honeyman), frightened and shy. Landing in his silver inner tube, is Erving, (Noah Blickensderfer) the space tourist in who reminds everyone the inner tube around his midsection, is not an inner tube, but a one man space ship and he winds up protecting “Cyan” the frightened and beautiful space fish. Enter abruptly, is the fish stick loving, leather clad, tattooed, self-loving space biker Fender (Josiah Billock). Fender has the unusual habit of talking in the third person, preferably about himself and continues to remind the audience that he “Loves talking in third person dialog, about himself almost as much as he loves fish sticks”. These outer-space cast of characters are supported by the yet more earthly persons of two Bird Watchers,( Amber Messer and Savi Watson) Ella and Erlene, and one very over bearing old lady(Sabrina Kienzle) store room “because it’s nice and quiet in there.” Now if all this is not funny enough, we now begin to learn that the store owner has a daughter,(Molly Lein) whom she had named “Tartar Sauce”, because in their family traditions if you like something, you name a child after it…..thus daughter Tartar Sauce and the subtle mention of a cousin “Peanut butter”! Poor sweet Tartar Sauce bemoans this tradition out loud during all conversations. Bringing the play to a quiet ending in walks, business woman, Mrs. MCGruder (Olivia Messer) who steps up to the front of the stage, asking the audience, a most obvious question, “What just happened in here?”

 

The three tailed fish gives perfect action to the play with their excellent theatrics in timing with body whirls and rhyming word play conversations, defending the part as one fish, yet are two persons. Fender, the space biker adds “cool” to the scenes with his well-placed ego and ability to remind his audience he is wonderful. Tartar Sauce, with her sad look and bemoaning’s, give you pause to worry a bit about her upbringings in a fish supply store.

 

The one act play with all the confusion of space characters, earthlings and beautiful three tailed fish, and rhyming word play, will go to contest in Dickinson this week and then to state to compete with other area schools. It must be set up, performed and torn down in 45 minutes flat. Working behind the scene to make this timing possible are crew members: Mckenzi Wehri- Makeup and costume, Dana Kruger , Jarod Herring, and Brett Messmer- Tech, handling Tech. and lights is James Warner. Mollie Honeyman in charge of props.

 

 

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