'Fuddy Meers': Comedy opens tonight on Ridgewater stage

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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.