Sometimes something is so much fun that you just want to do it again. That’s the case as Ken Bradbury and his Lincoln Land theatre troupe bring back their production of “Breakin’ Through and Bleedin’ Blue, the Story of Triopia,” on June 1 and 2. The June 1 production will be held at the Arenzville Methodist Church at 7 p.m. preceded by a 6 p.m. dinner at the church. The group will then travel to the Chapin Christian Church on June 2 for another 7 p.m. performance and 6 p.m. meal.
The Triopia Public Schools Foundation is sponsoring the reprise of last year’s popular whirlwind tour of the school’s history and all proceeds will be donated to the various programs supported by the organization.
According to the show’s playwright and director, Ken Bradbury, “I sent out inquiries to graduates of Arenzville, Chapin and Triopia, and we’ve put their stories into a readers’ theatre format. Some of my current students were shocked to learn what their parents and grandparents did in high school.” Featured prominently in the show are tales concerning legendary Triopia coach Don Kemp. “He was the king of the malapropism,” said Bradbury. “Don was famous for such phrases as ‘Man, you’re runnin around like a man with his chicken cut off!’ and ‘Jacksonville’s gonna meet our team up at the Central Park Plasma!’”
The two-act comedy covers the school’s history and the various failed attempts to bring the schools of Chapin, Concord and Arenzville together, but the bulk of the script is taken word-for-word from the memories of graduates. Tim Greene, organizer for the foundation said, “The show was a huge hit when they presented it in Arenzville last year and it sold out two nights in a row. Lots of folks never got to see it.”
Tickets may be purchased at $10 apiece by calling Triopia High School at 217-457-2281, ext: 21, or by stopping by the high school, located at 2204 Concord Arenzville Road just outside of Concord, Ill. A freewill donation will be received for the dinner.