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Rocky Run Middle Presents 'Get Smart'

With a black, white and gray set bordered by a frame to suggest a TV screen, Rocky Run Middle School will present a stage version of the hugely popular 1960s television series, "Get Smart."

Showtimes are Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., in the school's little theater. Tickets are $5; e-mail Theatre Arts Director Julia Wharton at julia.wharton@fcps.edu.

Parents Karen Emsley, Lois Moore and Craig Dykstra created the set, and Wharton says it'll feel like a unique world. "This will really tickle the generations familiar with 'Get Smart,'" she said. "And the kids think it's cool; unlike their normal, entertainment world full of color, this really catches their eye."

Eighth-grader Joey Biagini plays the goodhearted, but bumbling, Agent 86, Maxwell Smart. He's a secret agent for CONTROL, the organization for good, which battles against the evil KAOS.

Connor Haggerty, in eighth grade, portrays Smart's sidekick, Agent 99. She's smart and clever and knows how to handle any situation. She also gives the credit to Max and always sticks up for him.

Seventh-grader Mitchell Buckley plays the chief, the head of CONTROL and Agent 86's and 99's boss. Eighth-grader Preston Rhodes is Professor Dante, inventor of a powerful weapon coveted by both sides.

And seventh-grader Andrew Friex is KAOS' leader, Mr. Big. "Although his name is Big, he's really short," said Andrew. "His assistant carries around a stool for him to stand on." All in all, said Wharton, audiences will enjoy the show whether they've seen the original or this is their first introduction to its madcap humor.