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Cloquet High School set to perform another original play

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The show must go on. Despite a snowstorm that closed school Friday, Cloquet High School brings another original play to the stage this weekend, with the premiere of "Diamondbacks and Diamonds in the Sky," a production that is part drama, part comedy and all-out exciting.

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The play was written by local writer Jill Pertler and is directed by Kevin Hamre.

"We have a large, talented cast," said Hamre. "Over 80 students auditioned for the play and we've got most of them on stage. There are numerous storylines that will keep everyone entertained, no matter what your age."

Pertler agreed.

"I give Kevin and the cast some written words on a paper and they take it and turn it into something beyond my imagination," she said. "I find myself laughing one minute and getting teary-eyed the next. I'm biased, but I think it's a really fun story."

The play takes place in Arizona at the home of Bob and Carol Carter. It is just four days before the wedding of their daughter, Janie, and her fiancé, Michael Dubois. Preparations are in full swing at the Carter house where the wedding will take place. To complicate matters, Bob, an astronomy professor, believes a large asteroid is set to hit the earth just hours after the wedding and he is preparing for an apocalypse by storing supplies in his basement, which he's turned in to a survival bunker. He's also spending every last penny on the wedding in order to impress Michael's French family, who are flying in from Paris. Also living at the Carter house are Janie's two mischievous, rattlesnake-hunting brothers and her grandmother, Shirley, a former Broadway star who is a recluse and hasn't left the house in years. Soon, the guests start arriving.

What could possibly go wrong?

Rattlesnakes, asteroids, a ghost, a lost ring, humor, emotions, cowboys, misunderstandings, love lost, love found and love-at-first-sight all factor into the laughter and mayhem that ensue when friends and family members come together to create a story that is as unique as the desert sky.

"This play is one the audience truly will love," said Hamre. "You don't want to miss it."

Show times are 7 p.m. April 19 and 20 with two matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Cloquet High School auditorium. Tickets are $9 for adults and $6 for students and are available at the door 30 minutes prior to show time.

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