A different story of wizardry takes PAC stage

Princeton High school’s Kate Radke performs a Christmas scene from the Princeton High School 2-act play, “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone,” during a dress rehearsal on Monday, April 3 at the school’s Performing Arts Center. A public performance of the play will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6; Friday, April 7; and Saturday, April 8.
Princeton High school’s Kate Radke performs a Christmas scene from the Princeton High School 2-act play, “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone,” during a dress rehearsal on Monday, April 3 at the school’s Performing Arts Center. A public performance of the play will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 6; Friday, April 7; and Saturday, April 8.

If you love the adventures of Harry Potter you might want to find yourself at Princeton’s Performing Arts Center Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
Students in the two-act play program are taking on a story that resembles that of Harry Potter in the parody, “Sally Cotter and the Censored Stone.”
Not to be confused with J.K. Rowling’s book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone that takes place at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the Sally Cotter tale is situated at the Frogbull Academy of Sorcery.
And you won’t find characters like Harry Potter. Ron Weasley. Hermione Granger. Lord Voldemort. Albus Dumbledore. Severus Snape. Rubeus Hagrid. or Draco Malfoy.
In this tale of wizardry, Sally Cotter falls asleep while reading a Harry Potter book and finds herself in a world of characters like Headmaster Albatross Underdrawers, Gamekeeper Ruebenon Ryebread, and Professor Shiftia Shape. Her new friends are her new friends Dave (who looks like Ron Weasley) and Harmonica (whose name resembles Hermione). They trio of Sally, Dave and Harmonica fight off the evil ways of the evil Lord Murderdeath. The play even comes with a spirited game of Quidditch, with cast members riding flying broomsticks.
The play is directed by Taylor Wentworth. Her co-director is Joe Hafstad.
Much of the play takes place in the great hall, or in the Frogbull classroom.
Wentworth said she selected the play because she was looking for a fun show that the PHS students would enjoy performing in.
But putting on the play came with some drama of its own.
The lead actress that played Sally Cotter dropped out of the performance well into rehearsals. Kate Radke stepped up and learned the lines of Sally Cotter in about a week. Evie Meyer then stepped into Radke’s role as the Censor and learned her lines in a day and a half, Wentworth said. To add to the drama, Radke injured a knee on steps to the stage and was at the hospital Monday, April 3 prior to dress rehearsal having an MRI. Radke now plays her role of Sally Cotter from a wheelchair, Wentworth said.
Hafstad calls the play a good mix of comedy and drama.
“It’s mostly a comedy, but it has a few serious moments,” he said.
Performances are April 6, 7, and 8 at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $3 for seniors, $4 for students and $6 for adults. Tickets are available at the door.