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'Fuddy Meers': Comedy opens tonight on Ridgewater stage

Erica Dischino / Tribune Claire, played by Kameron Kemerling, sits on her bed looking at a memory book during a dress rehearsal of “Fuddy Meers” Monday at the Ridgewater College Theatre. The comedy production runs tonight through Saturday in Willmar.1 / 5
Erica Dischino / TribuneGertie, played by Lindsay Hinkemeyer, answers a phone call during a dress rehearsal of “Fuddy Meers” Monday at the Ridgewater College Theatre. 2 / 5
Erica Dischino / Tribune Millet, played by Tristian Testa, threatens to shoot someone during a dress rehearsal of “Fuddy Meers” Monday at the Ridgewater College Theatre. The comedy production opens tonight on the Willmar campus.3 / 5
Erica Dischino / Tribune Claire, played by Kameron Kemerling, left, reacts to how the Limping Man, played by Eric Harp, drives during a dress rehearsal of “Fuddy Meers” Monday at the Ridgewater College Theatre. 4 / 5
Erica Dischino / Tribune Cast members erupt into chaos during a scene from “Fuddy Meers” during a dress rehearsal Monday at the Ridgewater College Theatre. The show will be playing at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday in the college theater in Willmar.5 / 5

WILLMAR — Ridgewater College presents "Fuddy Meers" at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday in the college theatre on the Willmar campus.

Tickets are $5 general admission; make a reservation by calling 320-222-7605 or at the door.

Claire, played by Kameron Kemerling, has a rare form of psychogenic amnesia that erases her memory whenever she goes to sleep.

This morning, like all mornings, she wakes up a blank slate.

Her husband comes in with a cup of coffee, explains her condition, hands her a book filled with all sorts of essential information, and disappears into the shower.

A limping, lisping, half-blind, half-deaf man in a ski mask, pops out from under her bed and claims to be her brother, there to save her.

Claire's info book is quickly discarded, and she's hustled off to the country house of her mother, a recent stroke victim whose speech has been reduced to utter gibberish.

Every twist and turn in the plot brings Claire closer to revealing her past life and everything she thought she'd forgotten. It's one "harrowing and hilarious" turn after another on this roller coaster ride through the day of an amnesiac trying to decipher her fractured life.

The rest of the cast members are Gabriel James Ryland, Kayla Vanderpool, Eric Harp, Lindsay Hinkemeyer, Tristian Testa and Jennifer Conness.

Kirsten Campbell is the stage manager and the stage hands are Albert Genao, Jawanza Watson and Colton Blain.

The light board operator is Kalina Nichols and Aaron Ruwersma is running the sound board.

The ushers are Shayla Nelson, Kameron Roberts, Zachary Nelson and Lily Zelaya.

Directing the play is Matt Hegdahl, theater instructor at the college.

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