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One Act Play Production: The Cop and the Anthem

By Durre, Tania

October 21, 2014

The Johnson County Central High School One Act Play cast and crew are eagerly preparing for this fall’s production of The Cop and the Anthem. This play is a comedy adapted for the stage by Mark Bucci from a short story with the same name by O. Henry.

Set in the early 1900s, The Cop and the Anthem tells the story of Lemuel T. Thwackbusher, a resident of New York’s park benches.  Lemuel realizes that winter is upon him, and he must find shelter to survive the harsh weather.  Each year, Lemuel works up a scheme to be sent for three months to his favorite winter resort—the local prison.  However, this year, no matter what he tries, it just won’t work! What ensues is a comedic series of encounters between Lemuel and law enforcement as Lemuel pleads his case to be arrested.  The play ends with one of O. Henry’s signature surprises.

Please join us for our community performance as we prepare for competition.  The community performance is Monday, November 24, 2014 at 7 PM in the JCC elementary auditorium at Tecumseh

We invite you to attend our other performances as well. Price of admission varies.

  • Saturday, November 8 @ 9 AM: East Central Nebraska Conference (ECNC) One Act Play Production, The Lofte, Manley, Nebraska
  • Monday, November 24 @ 7 PM: Community Performance, Elementary Auditorium, Tecumseh, Nebraska
  • Monday, December 1 @ 9 AM: District One Act Play Production, Sandy Creek Middle School, Clay Center, Nebraska
  • Thursday, December 11: State One Act Play Production, Johnny Carson Theatre, Norfolk, Nebraska (pending qualification at districts)

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