"Break a Leg"

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

It should have gone just like the other two plays that Ben Linzmeier has been in during high school.

But a freak accident while playing in his yard last Saturday will make this performance far from routine.

"I was swinging on a rope and it broke; it landed under my ankle, and I landed on top of my ankle and it broke," said Ben Linzmeier, Auburndale High School Actor.

One surgery, a metal plate, and five pins later, and it's dress rehearsal day for him and his fellow cast members at Auburndale High School for their production of 'Pillow Talk.'

You've probably heard of playing through pain, but Ben has had to act through it. Something his peers and teachers say he's done quite well.

"Ben assured us that through time, he would build up his strength and his power and that the play would go on," said Steve Allar, Production Director.

And it is, albeit with a few script and set changes, such as making accommodations for Ben to always have his leg elevated.

But in the end, the show is going on. In fact, it may even have been enhanced.

'Pillow Talk' is a comedy, and the crutches may end up being a chance to add laughs by way of some impromptu lines.

"It was 'I won't stop running until I'm four blocks from here,’" said Linzmeier. "Now, it's ‘I won't stop moving fast on my crutches until I'm four blocks from here.’"

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