Dobie and Maynard conspire to get leading man Milton out of the way by opening night so his understudy Dobie can star opposite the lovely Annabelle in the school play, "Magnolias at Manassas: a Drama of the Civil War."
Despite never having shown any interest in acting at all, Dobie plans to try out for the romantic male lead in the school play. The reason: drama club president, Annabelle Huffaker, who is the latest object of Dobie's affections, and who is the probable choice as the romantic female lead. Dobie's road into Annabelle's arms on stage hits a roadblock in the form of Milton Armitage, who looks to be obvious choice for the male lead. Dobie shows his lack of knowledge about the theater in general as Milton is indeed cast as the lead opposite Annabelle, while Dobie is the understudy. Dobie's only saving grace at this stage is that Mrs. Erdlatz, the play author and teacher in charge of the production, has issued a no kissing rule between the actors until the actual performance. Dobie, with Maynard's help, then moves to trying to manufacture a reason why Milton cannot go on stage performance night. However, Milton will not take anything Dobie or Maynard throws at him sitting down passively. Written by