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High Plains Theater to present 'The Weird'

A coffin at the doorway to the Odd Fellows Lodge sets the tone for the upcoming production of 'The Weird.'

A rustic building in downtown Dickinson provides the setting for the High Plains Production of "The Weird."

A coffin rests at the doorway as guests enter the Odd Fellows Lodge. Sound effects aren't necessary, as the building offers its own creaky sounds, especially if the wind is howling outside.

"After I read the script, it reminded me a lot of 'Tales from the Crypt' and 'Night Gallery,' director Tim Rosin said. "I really liked the common themes of horror."

Rosin wanted a script that would kick off the days leading up to Halloween.

"The original concept was an abandoned scary art exhibit, and so we're having actual art to be sold at auction," he said.

The evening of six short horror plays was written by Robert Aguirre Sacasa.

"I'm one of the kids who grew up watching Universal's monster films," he said. "I'd watch the movies sitting behind the couch, because I knew I'd be safe there. When you're 5, it makes total sense."

The cast of High Plains Theater is a mix of performers.

"We have everyone from a housewife and softball player to an English major and everything in between," he said.

Jayde Hecker plays Supergirl in the play "An Evening with Superfriends."

"I'm in a restaurant meeting with my mentor -- it's a little lighter than the rest of them," she said.

The performance is her first in Dickinson.

"It's been fun -- I'm really excited to be a part of theater," she said.

Anita Weiler is playing two parts. She's cast as a girl in "Rosemary's Baby" and Wanda in "Morning Becomes Olestra."

"'Rosemary's Baby' is about a young couple in New York and the mishaps they have with their neighbors," Weiler said.

She cautioned the performance was written for an adult audience.

"You are going to be very scared. You're going to have a lot of fun. You're going to laugh, you're going to cry, it's got something for everyone," Weiler said.

The other plays are "Bloody Mary," "Insect Love" and "Swamp Gothic."

High Plains Theater is a sister company of Sneak Pique Productions. They work together and sometimes share cast members, Rosin said.

Proceeds go toward Dickinson State University music and theater scholarships. High Plains also provides theater opportunities for children in the summer, he added.

The performance is 8 p.m., Friday, with limited seating at 30 First Ave. W.

The tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling 701-483-2004.