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WFHS Drama Department to perform 'Bench 18'

The West Fargo High School Drama Department's final performance of the year will be the one-act play "Bench 18," by F. Lee Miesle, and will be held Thursday, March 18, in conjunction with a choir concert.

"It's a sweet little show; very funny and very upbeat," said Sarah Tron, WFHS Drama Director.

The synopsis of the 30-minute comedy centers on the protagonist Sammy, who is waiting at Bench 18 while wearing a white carnation in his buttonhole; eager to propose to Julie, the girl he has corresponded with for more than a year.

Sammy is met with advice from several strangers. A footsore policeman urges caution on Sammy; marriage can be grim. A tramp, eager to snooze on Bench 18, has to be fought off. The tramp's advice: Marriage? Phooey!

The girl with the white corsage comes on ready to meet Sammy. A wary mother of six advises caution. A prim, little girl looking for her brat of a brother decides to stick around and watch Julie kiss her beau. A gentleman, of sorts, tries to pick up Julie and she mistakes him for Sammy. Sammy, in turn, mistakes an overdressed blonde for Julie.

The March 18 performance is free and open to the public. The WFHS Drama Department then will perform the play during the North Dakota Class A Festival on March 22 and 23, at Fargo South High School.

West Fargo High School is located at 801 9th St. E.