Center Stage invites audience to step back in time with dinner theatre

Cast members Marissa Redmond, left, and Ashlynn Fiege rehearse “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

Cast members Marissa Redmond, left, and Ashlynn Fiege rehearse “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

— Looking for catchy show tunes and dialogue reminiscent of an Orson Welles broadcast? Be sure to reserve a seat when Swartz Creek Center Stage presents its “Musical Radio Show” 6:15 p.m. Nov. 20 and 3:15 p.m. Nov. 21 at Mary Crapo School Auditorium, 8197 Miller Rd.

The production, which is a dinner theatre, is a take-off on the old radio shows said Katie Thompson, director and founder of Swartz Creek Center Stage.

“There are skits, singing, dancing, a five-minute murder mystery, an Abbott and Costello routine and a Burns and Allen routine,” she said. “There also are songs from the 1930s and 1940s.”

The five-minute murder mystery is titled “The Murder of Mrs. Brooks” and includes four cast members, along with retro sound effects and commercials that bring back nostalgic memories for audience goers. Some of the songs to be performed at the dinner theatre include “On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe” and “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend.”

The cast and crew of “Musical Radio Show” consists of Kristen Carter, Janet Chima, Teisa Chima, Jarrett Collins, Ashlynn Fiege, Anna Folsom, Sara Folsom, Tony Garcia, Cameron Hickey, Noell Hickey, Raelyn Hickey, Alexis Jewell, Bailie Lewis, Xander Loney, Janelle Packer, Ginny Redmond, Marissa Redmond, Michael Redmond, Kathy Russell, Cindy, Schweikert, Eli Schweikert, Mike Schweikert, Ty Schweikert, Nate Spires, Alex Stone, Sarah Terry, Alyssa Thayer and Richard Kerry Thompson. Along with Thompson, Kaylie Briggs is the assistant director and Matt Packer is the vocal director/accompanist.

Tickets for the “Musical Radio Show” are $15 per person, which includes dinner provided by Elegant Catering. A maximum of 110 people can attend each performance, and all tickets must be purchased in advance by Friday, Nov. 19.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 810-591-4388.

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