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Charlie Cooling plays the teacher who boasts that online courses allow him to teach without pants.

Do you think teenagers could live without technology for 30 days? This is the question almost 50 Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School Students hope to answer this month with their fun, on-stage performance of "Unplugged" written by Laurie Bryant, directed by Crystal Coder. The Vinton-Shellsburg Middle School Plays are sponsored in part by ACT I of Benton County.

The play "Unplugged" takes place in tiny North Creek, Wisconsin, “The Most Wired Town in America” thanks to a contest-winning local resident Abigail Rickman (Played by 8th grader, Baylee Bruce). As their prize, SOLOtech outfitted the entire town with state-of-the-art wireless technology. Fast forward to now and the citizens of North Creek do absolutely everything virtually. Everything.

But when Tom Morris (played by 7th grader, Will Dudley), the founder of SOLOtech, learns that Abigail has sent back her SOLOpad, claiming life was better without it, he seeks Abigail out, concerned that there might be some truth in what she’s saying. Despite the protests of his assistants (Gracie Horst and Kristina Kirk), he offers the town $30 million dollars to unplug for an entire month.

With several mortified “plugged in” teenagers, an online teacher (Charley Cooling) who hates to dress professionally from the waist down, and Winston, whose very life is depends on technology, this play promises to be entertaining! This comedy hopes to teach everyone a valuable lesson about the place for technology in our lives. Please join the students of VSMS on March 21 and 22 at 7:00 pm at Tilford Auditorium for "Unplugged."

Unplugged Cast:

TOM - WILL DUDLEY

ABIGAIL - BAYLEE BRUCE

BETH - GRACE HORST

MADISON - KRISTINA KIRK

KELLY – OLIVIA CODER

KRISTIN - DAVIA HERGER

CHRIS - CASEY FUNK

GAMER JOE - COLE NEILSON

ROSIE - MADDUX ERHARDT

GIRL SCOUT - SHELBY MCDONALD

MAYOR TRENT - WES HAEFNER

VERONICA - ALYSSA CLARK

CAROL NEWHART - SARAH SCHMINKE

COACH WATKINS - TAYLOR SPIES

DR. KAPLAN - LIBBIE TIMMERMAN

MRS. BARTLETT - SOPHIE STOREY

GORDON HALL - CHARLEY COOLING

SOLO - DYLAN GEATER

SABRINA - ERIN COX

ANNIE - ALLISSA HENDRYX

BELLA - CLAIRE SMITH

CAMERA OPERATOR - BECCA BARKER-BREWER

STEVE ACKERMAN - ISAAC WILEY

WENDY - CASSIE HAZEN

NORA - RYLIE DAVIS

JACK - SAM KINTZEL

FRANKIE (FRIDAY) - RYAN OYE

FRANKIE (SATURDAY) - ELIJAH MACKEY

AVA/EMMA - BRITTANY BURNS

JENNIFER - AUTUMN SAUER

GRANDMA VERA - LAUREN PRICE

STEPH - KAILEY LAZENBY

TIFFANY - ALYSSA PRICE

EDITH - BRIANNA LUNDVALL

MOLLY - LAUREN UPMEYER

NICKI - HALEY CLARK

PEYTON - MORGAN WHITE

MRS. AVERY - MADYSON RULE

MRS. JENNINGS - TAILYNN THARP

UNPLUGGED CREW

LIGHTS: DYLAN CHRISTY

SOUND: RYAN SCHOETTMER

MAKE UP/HAIR: MERCEDES PHELPS

CURTAIN/PROPS: RICKEY CHASE

LINE READER: RYAN OYE

SETS: KEITH HENKLE

STUDENT DIRECTORS: BECCA STEFFEN and KAITLYN HALSTEAD



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