The cast from “The Whole Shebang,” directed by Sara Kroshus, are, from left, Austen Whitacre, Laura Vettleson-Trutza, Sara Vettleson-Trutza, Stephanie Grammentz, Emily Brumm, Nicole Eiken, Ashlyn Dahl and Mitchell Lee.  Not shown are Yasmin Scrabeck and Dillon Allor.  DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
The cast from “The Whole Shebang,” directed by Sara Kroshus, are, from left, Austen Whitacre, Laura Vettleson-Trutza, Sara Vettleson-Trutza, Stephanie Grammentz, Emily Brumm, Nicole Eiken, Ashlyn Dahl and Mitchell Lee. Not shown are Yasmin Scrabeck and Dillon Allor. DAVID STOEGER/NEWS-RECORD
"I'm a drama teacher," Marge begins, which explains why she now is kept sedated and in a straight jacket. "All I had to do was be in charge of the whole shebang."

Of course, she is referring to The One-Act Play Festival - scheming rival students, demanding directors, irresponsible actors, missing props, stolen costumes and all less than 40 minutes.

And so this begins the plot of Mabel-Canton's yearly one-act play, as described by the production's publisher. "The Whole Shebang" involves 11 Mabel-Canton students and is directed by Sara Kroshus.

"It's a play within a play. It's about a woman putting on a one-act play contest - and everything goes wrong," said Kroshus. "The sets fall down, people do the same show, the teachers fight...it's very fun (and it has) a lot of physical comedy."

Practices of "The Whole Shebang" started shortly after Thanksgiving. The play will be performed on Saturday, Jan. 25, at the sub-section one-act contest at Rushford. There they will compete with other one-act groups from nearby school districts.

A public performance at the Mabel-Canton school will be held as well, with the date and time still pending. Kroshus said parents and friends will have the opportunity to enjoy the performance likely shortly before or after its presentation at the contest in Rushford.