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Annual Misfits play slated for Saturday

ST. KILIAN -- For over 20 years local actors have sought laughs from community members in the annual Misfit's Dinner-Theater. This year will mark the 23rd year of the event and will feature the production of "Mind over Matt".

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submitted Photo The 23rd annual Misfits Theater-Dinner production will feature "Mind over Matter" in St. Joseph Hall, St. Kilian.

ST. KILIAN -- For over 20 years local actors have sought laughs from community members in the annual Misfit's Dinner-Theater. This year will mark the 23rd year of the event and will feature the production of "Mind over Matt".

The two-act comedy follows a storyline many can relate to.

The protagonist, Matt, has problems as work and with his boss. He struggles with how to approach asking a girl out on a date. Meanwhile, his five different egos help with, or are the cause of, his many problems.

His five egos include his nerd ego, bad-boy ego, charming ego and female ego -- an ego everyone may possess to varying degrees, according to Audrey Brake, who oversees the Misfits production.

Cast members are local community members from Wimont, St. Killian and Adrian area, and they begin rehearsing for the annual event at beginning of January.

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"This play just keeps bringing people back," Brake said. "The rehearsals are a lot of fun and really make the winter go by faster. We have a good time getting ready for the show."

"If anyone wants to get rid of the winter blues, this would be the place to do to it," Brake added.

The annual event was a result of a group of individuals who casually decided to hone their acting abilities while trying to give back to their respective communities.

"When we first started so many years ago we were trying to decide on a name," Brake said. "All of the cast members were sitting around talking, and all of the sudden some one said we were all a bunch of misfits. So, we went with it."

Some misfits have stayed and others have strayed during the past 23 years, yet regardless of the year or the cast members, it is the laughter and eccentric personalities that Brake believes helps keep the production alive.

"It's just so much fun," Brake said of the production process. "Everyone enjoys it, and we're working on trying to get the younger ones to take a bigger part in the play so it will continue to be a success."

Ticket sales go to a variety of charities, with each cast member selecting a charity of his or her choice. Past donations have gone to various hospices, Helping Hands Pregnancy, Relay for Life, the American Legion, the VFW and a variety of church organizations.

"After all of the bills of the production are paid, all of the money goes to local organizations, Brake explained. "Our main goal is to help local people that need some extra support."

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"Mind over Matt" will be presented at 6 p.m. this Saturday and Saturday, March 26 and at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at St. Joseph Hall in St. Kilian. All seating is reserved, and tickets include a full-course pork chop entre. Phone (507) 472-8267 for ticket information.

Reading Bus Lines will provide free transportation from Worthington, Rushmore and Reading on Sunday, March 20. For more information, regarding transportation, phone (507) 926-5404.

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