Hurricanes may be out of season, but one blew into the Newton Community Theatre this week. The name of it is “Auntie Mame” and it should be causing much turbulence in this area.
For this stage play, Sandy Olsthoorn as Mame generates enough gales of laughter as it sweeps across the stage. Mame’s life is disrupted when her deceased brother’s son Patrick Dennis, played artfully by Carter Fazel, come to live with her.
“Mame” is a musical with the book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. The production is directed by Wanda Blount and musical director Rachel Faidley. Blount and Faidley’s collaboration bringing this delightful musical to life. The orchestra is outstanding.
Sara Collins as the comic nanny Agnes Gooch, and Scott Schaeffer as the Japanese Butler Ito, attempt to keep the house in order. Lonnie Appleby as the stuffed-shirt lawyer and Terry Faidley as M. Lindsay Woolsey lend their expertise to the this musical.
Vera Charles, played by Carolyn Warrick and Kent Leckband who plays Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnsides keep you laughing with their witty comedy.
There are many members of the supporting cast and ensemble. They are perfection making this play enjoyable beyond measure.
The production staff of lighting, costumes, sound, set, costumes, props, make-up and hair design add a period quality to this production.
Everything about “Mame” makes it one of those production that makes you laugh, but even more important, makes you feel good. They don’t get any better than this.
Production dates and times at 7:30 p.m. March 9, 10, 15, 16, 17 and 2 p.m. March 11. Tickets are $18 and youth $15 are available at the door or calling the box office at 641-792-1230.