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Aliens land in high school auditorium

Lee Harstad

After landing in the Craig Landfill, a new species is trying to take over the otherwise peaceful community in Northwest Colorado. Trying to reform the lives of Craig citizens using secret weapons is the goal of this visit. And if they can’t reform the people, they will blow up the world.

No, these are not terrorists or sanitary engineers, they are aliens.

Aliens in the form of Moffat County High School (MCHS) students.

The alien invasion, “Space Invaders,” will take place at MCHS in the form of the annual fall play Thursday through Saturday. Directed and written by Craig Middle School language arts instructor Brian Morris, the comedy should receive a laughable rise from show-goers.

“I wanted to write a gentle satire about the town. We poke gentle fun at various Craig institutions,” Morris said. “There are lots of jokes about the town, schools and politics, but it is gentle humor and it is appropriate for all age groups.”######################################################################################################################################

Taking place at the Craig landfill and also the Tumbleweed Cafe (fictional place in Craig), 20 youth are involved in the production and Morris was a little wary of the initial reaction of the performers.

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“I was really nervous (when they first read through the script) but they read through it the first day and laughed at the jokes,” Morris said. “The foreign element clashes with the town of Craig.”

Morris’ sense of humor should suit attendees.

“I think the community will love it. They will get a lot of laughs out of it,” Morris said. “The jokes are light. My sense of humor is pretty weird.”

Auditions for the play were in mid-October and, according to Morris, lots of really good people tried out. Since the end of October, Morris and his selected crew have been really “hitting it hard,” leaving three weeks of rehearsal time. According to Morris, it has really started to come together and the show will be ready to make people laugh.

“There are some really great actors who are doing a super job for as quick as it has been and how busy they all have been,” Morris said.

Performances will be held Thursday for the MCHS student body, and at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday aliens will overtake the MCHS auditorium for everyone. The show is free.