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Tellico Community Players’ July Productions Feature Comedies, Broadway Music

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East TN Mountain ViewsThe Tellico Community Players’ July productions begin with An Evening of Laughter – packaging two melodramatic comedies into one hilarious main stage show.  It runs during two weekends, July 16-18 and July 23-26 (July 26 show is a 1:30 p.m. matinee), at the Playhouse.

The second production is a musical show, Ladies of Broadway, honoring the wonderful musicals on Broadway during the past 100-plus years.  It will be performed only two nights – Friday, July 31, and Saturday, August 1..

“An Evening of Laughter will have everyone laughing out loud,” says Director Len Willis.  “A melodrama is a sensational dramatic piece with exaggerated characters and exciting events intended to appeal to the emotions.  There will be audience participation and many zany twists and turns in both melodramas.”

The first comedy, “The Lost Samantha Treasure,” is a story of two identical twin girls who look nothing alike.  A forest ranger and an evil mayor set on marrying the same girl, or are they?  Pure corn set in the Midwest, but of course there must be a disco dance.  The main cast members for “The Lost Samantha Treasure” are Joy Macklem as MA Frye, Suzy Vinyard as Emilean Frye, Marlyce Jean Dezzutti as Emiloud Frye, Tony Licata as Crispy Critter, Vern Russell as PJ Hackencough, and Don Morton as PA Frye.

The second comedy, “The Plague on Madison Avenue,” is set in a hospital.  Three generations of nurses are dedicated to not killing their patients and working for a head female nurse who is dedicated to killing all the patients and marrying the cute new doctor.  The hospital is full of outrageous patients and even more energetic cast members.  Hold on to your bed pan.  The main cast for “The Plague on Madison Avenue” includes Cindy Archer as Madison Avenue, Sharon Bigerwald as Dolly Avenue, Deborah Sanchez as Bubbles LaTush, Tony Licata as Dr. Buck Kill Deer, and Carol Lessnau as Nurse Retched.  The show’s sponsor is Family Dental Care of Tellico Village, and the producer is Ted Taylor.

Ladies of Broadway includes some of our most beloved and familiar songs from Broadway musicals, as well as some of the most well-known and talented female vocalists.

“These ‘Ladies of Broadway’ have contributed to some of the most successful Broadway musicals to hit the stages of Broadway over decades,” says Joan Dorsey, who wrote and is directing the production.  “Some of our ‘ladies’ are instantly recognizable by name – others perhaps only by the show tunes they sang in a particular Broadway show.  The performances will honor those talented ‘Ladies of Broadway’ with some of their most outstanding songs and also will take a peek at some of their personal lives and achievements.”

The performers for the musical include Tina Jenkins, Mary Sue Greiner, Rosie Ratcliffe, Debbie Mayberry, Sonja Moore, Joan Dorsey, and Carolyn Cross.  Jane Salmon is the musical director.

Both shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets for both shows are available at the Tellico Community Playhouse Box Office, The Village Salon, Salon Anew, and the Kahite Pub and Grill.  For more information, visit www.tellicocommunityplayhouse.org.

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