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'The Princess Bride' opens tonight

True love and adventure will navigate the lives of a young man and woman in KG Entertainment's upcoming production of "The Princess Bride."

The play opens at 7:30 p.m. today on the Main Stage of Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Additional performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-23.

General admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Admission for students and senior citizens is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advanced tickets are available at Harmony Food Co-op and Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee Company.

"It's going to be an evening of lots of laughs and adventure and true love," said Greg Gasman, who is directing the play and owns KG Entertainment.

In the tale, a young woman named Buttercup falls in love with Westley, a young man who works on her father's farm. When she tells Westley she loves him, he tells her he is leaving on his life's adventure.

But before he leaves, Westley tells Buttercup he will return for her, Gasman said. Buttercup, however, gets a letter saying Westley was killed during his big adventure.

Meanwhile, Prince Humperdinck, who wants to marry the most beautiful girl in the world, discovers Buttercup. She becomes engaged to Humperdinck, and later, three men -- a Sicilian, giant and Spaniard -- kidnap Buttercup.

"They travel with her ... and all of a sudden, a man in black is on their tail," Gasman said. "The man has to swordfight the Spaniard, wrestle the giant and outwit the Sicilian to win this girl."

The adventure continues as the story unfolds.

Gasman said the play will be a 35th anniversary stage tribute to William Goldman's book, "The Princess Bride." The play's script is based on both the book and the 1987 film, with Gasman's own twist.

Bemidji High School senior Leslie Rith-Najarian will play Buttercup and Norwood Hall of Bemidji will play Westley.

Other cast members include Caleb Fricke of Bemidji as the Spaniard; Pat Carriere, chairman of BSU's Department of Theatre and Communication Arts, as the giant; Dave Moffett of Bemidji as the Sicilian; Jesse Whiting of Bemidji as Humperdinck; and Chuck Deeter of Bemidji as Humperdinck's henchman, Count Rugen.