Bob Jones will present "The Perfect Ending" on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Zompa Auditorium. The benefit performance will raise funds to represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. (PHOTO: LEIGH BUTGEREIT)
Bob Jones will present "The Perfect Ending" on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. in Zompa Auditorium. The benefit performance will raise funds to represent Alabama at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. (PHOTO: LEIGH BUTGEREIT)

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‘The Perfect Ending’ encore on Feb. 22 to raise funds for SETC

Published 9:46am Monday, February 18, 2013

A night at the theater on Feb. 22 can help Bob Jones Patriot Players take “The Perfect Ending” to the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC).

Drama students will encore “The Perfect Ending” at 7 p.m. in Zompa Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students.

The Bob Jones cast needs a big turnout for the benefit performance. Students are working hard to raise more than $30,000 in expenses to attend the 64th annual SETC convention in Louisville, Ky. on March 6-10.

Bob Jones’ one-act play won at the Walter J. Trumbauer Drama Festival in December and qualified to represent Alabama at SETC. “SETC is a huge deal in theatre circles. There isn’t any other event of this magnitude in the world of high school theatre in the Southeast,” B. Dwayne Craft said. He and Mary Davis teach drama classes and coordinate productions at Bob Jones.

2013 marks the fifth time that Bob Jones has represented Alabama at the nation’s largest theatre conference. More than 4,000 people attend. “Most schools get one, maybe two, chances in a quarter-century to compete at this level,” Craft said. “Bob Jones is the only school in Alabama to win twice at SETC. We have won runner-up twice.”

Bob Jones also has won for best director (twice), best actor, best supporting actor/actress (numerous times), best set and best technical production. “A third win at SETC would be unprecedented in SETC history since 1975,” Craft said.

Craft wrote the script for “The Perfect Ending” and the Patriot Players developed the play into a fully realized production, guaranteed to invoke laughs, start to finish. The satirical play depicts end-of-the-world hysteria with a zany take on the perfect 1950′s ideal family complete with meatloaf, a maniacal little sister and the world’s worst Civil Defense warden, he said.

“This comedic one-act will have the audience laughing out loud at the absurd amounts of importance we all place on ‘being perfect,’” Davis said.

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