Truman offers audience favorite

FAIRMONT – In 2006, students at Truman Public Schools put on a production of “They Run in Our Family,” by Donald Payton.

The audience enjoyed the play so much, it sticks in Kathy Krumwiede’s mind as one of her favorites since she became co-director in the early 1990s.

This year, Krumwiede is taking her final bow. To mark the occasion, she was given the chance to choose this year’s production.

She chose to repeat “They Run in Our Family,” a story of the Pennywinners, a family so wrapped up in sports that their lives begin to unravel and hilarity ensues.

“It was a matter of thinking back to one I thought was enjoyable for the audience,” she said. “That one kept popping to the top of the list.”

Co-director Steve Schlager said 60 students in grades 7-12 are involved.

While most of the students who took part in the school’s first run of the show are finished with college, many in the audience, and even the cast, have memories of it. One cast member is playing the same role his brother played seven years ago.

Krumwiede said several students from the first cast plan to attend, and she knows there will be some comparison from the audience.

“I think there is something in this show for everybody,” Schlager said. “One thing I like about this play is the kids really get into the characters. They are embellishing without much direction.”

“I think one of the reasons the kids can relate is the family dynamic,” Krumwiede said. “They can relate to how brothers and sisters and moms and dads are.”

Schlager said working with Krumwiede over the years has been a good experience.

“For the most part, when we are working on a play, we finish each other’s sentences,” he said. “We work well together. I don’t know what I will do next year without her.”

Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school in Truman.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students in advance. At the door, they cost $1 more.