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Front row, left to right: Kevin Miner, Rick Ramirez (playwright), Meg Scullin. Back row, left to right: James McMillan, Cynthia Klawitter, Tina Kasper. Not pictured: Priscilla Miner.

In preparation for a statewide community theater competition later this month, Redbud Players of Columbus will debut its original one-act play “One Day” at the Fireman’s Park Pavilion at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12.

The short play, which was written by Beaver Dam actor, director and playwright Rick Ramirez, tells the story of a woman trying to reconnect with her husband after they have grown apart.

The local performance will give the cast and crew a chance to practice its entire production, from setup to takedown, in front of a live audience, just as they will have to do in competition at WACTFest, the Wisconsin Association of Community Theatre’s annual festival. This year’s festival is being held Jan. 18-20 in Verona. Troupes from across the state have been invited to participate, with performances limited to one hour each.

The Redbud cast includes Megan Scullin as Mary, James McMillan as Doug, Kevin Miner as John, Tina Kasper as Louise, Cynthia Klawitter as Laura and Priscilla Miner as Young Kid. Carla Woebbeking is the director.

Tickets for the local performance will be available at the door at no charge. Donations to offset the cost of the production will be gratefully accepted.