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Kids learn to mind their manners during this rehearsal scene for "Kids Say the Darndest Things!" on Wednesday at Dickinson High School.
Kids learn to mind their manners during this rehearsal scene for "Kids Say the Darndest Things!" on Wednesday at Dickinson High School.

Presenting 'Kids Say the Darndest Things!'

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The Dickinson High School Drama Department will present a summer theater production of "Kids Say the Darndest Things!"

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 20, in the DHS Auditorium.

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The play, written by Robert Johanson, is based on the best-selling book by Art Linkletter, which chronicled his conversations with children on his popular TV show, "House Party." The concept was later picked up by comedian Bill Cosby, for another popular TV show called "Kids Say The Darndest Things!," according to a press release.

The evening's entertainment is set up like the TV shows, a host interviewing three sets of children -- a group of 6-to-8 year olds, a group of 4-and-5 year olds and a group of 9-to-12 year olds.

Interspersed with the interviews, the sections are based on what children have responded to regarding themes like history, pets and letters to the president.

Playing the parts of all 12 children and three hosts are recently graduated seniors, Dinah Ridl and Brandon Gray, recently graduated Hagen Junior High School eighth graders Sarah Ramsey and Lucas Ensign and a DHS junior Luke Schields.

"This show is a lot of fun. The actors are working very hard to show the differences between the various age groups," said Director Michael Stevenson. "It is not easy to make distinctions between somebody who is 4 or 5, and somebody who is 6 to 8."

He said the production should bring back memories for those who watched "House Party."

"That was a perk when I got to stay home sick from school," said Stevenson.

"We have also been experimenting with furniture sizes to help increase the effect of childishness, And be prepared for surprise mystery guests," he added.

Ramsey expressed her passion for theater.

"I love acting any chance I can get. To get on stage or to be in front of a camera, I take it," she said.

She started acting as a little girl, doing plays with friends at her grandma's house. She also remembers watching video tapes of the show with her grandma.

"It was something funny to watch. I like how naïve the children seem. Now days, they are smart-aliky," she added.

Schields said the play is pretty funny, especially for anyone who has seen the TV show.

Ensign plays multiple characters.

"This is the first high school play I've been in and it's definitely funny," he said.

Gray, who is enrolling as a freshman at Jamestown College, described the play as really funny with a lot of good parts.

All seats are general admission, and will be sold at the door.

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