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Auditions this week for 'The Head that Wouldn't Die' at Ames

As a kid, Rand Higbee loved science fiction television shows.

"One of the first shows I remember is 'Lost in Space'," he said. "Looking back on it now, it wasn't that good, but as a kid it was pretty exciting."

That passion has carried over to him as an adult, as Higbee is now a play writer. His latest creation, "The Head that wouldn't Die," will be holding auditions next Monday-Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the Ames Dinner Theatre. Opening night is May 11, with additional performances for May 12-13, 18-20 and 25-27. The 13th, 20th and 27th will be Sunday matinees.

The story of "Head" revolves around two female medical college students. One of their boyfriends gets in a serious accident and the only choice they face is amputating his body, but saving the head.

Therefore, the students spend the rest of the story seeking another body. Things don't go that easily as Higbee said other elements of science fiction along with a few other surprises will be thrown in.

The setting will be the 1950's/1960's, which Higbee feels is just the right era.

"In the era of '50s/'60s science fiction movies, it seems like people like the bad ones and not the good ones," he said. "So I thought we should parody it."

Higbee, who lives in Hager City and works in Red Wing, had written an earlier science fiction spoof called "Jocelyn's World." He said since the reviews were so positive he was encouraged to try a full-length play around the same theme since "Jocelyn's" was a one-act play.

"Head" will be the first play Higbee wrote that will be performed at Ames. He explained that Connie Ames, co-owner was one of those people that loved "Jocelyn's" and loved the idea of "Head" as well. (Higbee added that it's in the planning stages to have "Jocelyn's" at Ames in August.)

Higbee said he knows "Head" will be performed one more time at the Last Frontier Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, in June.

"That will be a big deal," he said.

For more information about "Head" and any other shows at Ames, contact them at (715) 273-6448 or visit .

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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