Curiouser & curiouser

Center Stage presents rousing dinner theater, ‘The Curious Savage’



Charlene Srnek will play Florence and Nick Kelly will play John Thomas.

Charlene Srnek will play Florence and Nick Kelly will play John Thomas.

SWARTZ CREEK — Get ready for a rousing good time when Swartz Creek Center Stage presents its upcoming dinner theatre production, “The Curious Savage,” April 2-3 in the Mary Crapo Auditorium, 8197 Miller Rd.

Performed as a dinner theatre, “The Curious Savage” is written by John Patrick and is a comedic play about Ethel P. Savage, a woman whose husband recently died and left her approximately $10 million dollars. According to the play synopsis, Ethel wants to make the best of the money, “in spite of the efforts of her grownup stepchildren to get their hands on it.” The action unfolds as the stepchildren commit her to a “sanatorium” in hopes of “bringing her to her sense.” Despite their efforts, Ethel is determined to use the money to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. While in the sanatorium, she encounters various social misfits and through meeting them, finds happiness.

Mariah Paris, seated, and Alberta Dillard (from left), Jeanne Beville, Kathy Russell and Patty Paris rehearse a scene.

Mariah Paris, seated, and Alberta Dillard (from left), Jeanne Beville, Kathy Russell and Patty Paris rehearse a scene.

In his foreword to the play, Patrick states: “It is important in ‘The Curious Savage’ that the gentle inmates of The Cloisters be played with warmth and dignity. Their home is not an asylum nor are these good people lunatics. Any exaggeration of the roles will rob them of charm and humor. The whole point of the play is to contrast them with Mrs. Savage’s children and the insane outside world. To depart from this point of view for the sake of easy laughs will rob the play of its meaning.”

The cast list is Linden resident Charlene Srnek as Florence; Swartz Creek resident Jim Nelson as Hannibal; Swartz Creek resident Mariah Paris as Fairy May; Gaines resident Miguel Garcia as Jeffrey; Swartz Creek resident Jeanne Beville as Mrs. Paddy; Swartz Creek resident Martha Haraf as Miss Willie; Swartz Creek resident Alberta Dillard as Dr. Emmett; Swartz Creek resident Barb Aurino as Ethel Savage; Swartz Creek resident Patty Paris as Tessa (The Senator); Swartz Creek resident Kathy Russell as Sarah (The Judge); Swartz Creek resident Heide Loney as Lily Belle (The Socialite); and Gaines resident Nick Kelly as John Thomas.

The play is directed by Katie Thompson. Kaylie Briggs is the assistant director; Sarah Terry is in charge of lights and Jim Thompson is the host. Center Stage would like to express its thanks to Lynn Cavett and the Community Education staff, the Swartz Creek Karate Club, Gilroy’s Hardware, Jim Thompson, Logan LaClair, Dave Thompson and Dan Thompson.

“The Curious Savage” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc. of New York.

Tickets are $16. The dinner on April 2 is at 6:15 p.m. with the curtain rising at 7 p.m. On April 3, the dinner is 3:15 p.m. with the curtain rising at 4 p.m. For more information, including ticket sales, call 810- 591-4388.


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