Members of the cast of Mabel-Canton's upcoming spring play, “Curious Savage,” are shown rehearsing a scene. From left are Nicole Eiken, Courtney Graves, Dillon Allar, Sara Vettleson-Trutza, Emily Brumm and Phoenix Peterson.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
Members of the cast of Mabel-Canton's upcoming spring play, “Curious Savage,” are shown rehearsing a scene. From left are Nicole Eiken, Courtney Graves, Dillon Allar, Sara Vettleson-Trutza, Emily Brumm and Phoenix Peterson. SUBMITTED PHOTO
The Mabel-Canton Drama Department has been busy rehearsing its spring play, "The Curious Savage" by John Patrick. The students will perform two shows this weekend, Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, both at 7 p.m.

Director Sara Kroshus encourages area residents to attend the play and support the arts in the schools. "These kids have been working so hard," she explained. "Coming in mornings and evenings for long practices, and they are so excited this year we get to have a real set, with walls and doors!"

Kroshus added that she is very proud of her cast and they make her laugh every day with the wonderful comedy of this play. She actually performed this play when she was a high school student as well.

"I keep reading my old lines at practice out of habit," she admitted. "Please come out and enjoy this wonderful comedy."

The production will take place in the high school gym. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults.

The cast

The cast includes Morgan Roppe as Ethel Savage; Yasmin Scrabeck as Miss Wilhelmina; Phoenix Peterson as Dr. Emmett; Nicole Eiken as Titania Savage; Ashlyn Dahl as Samantha Savage; Emily Brumm and Courtney Graves as Lilli Belle Savage; Stephanie Hafner as Mrs. Paddy; Sara Vettleson-Trutza as Fairy Mae; Kristina Mengis as Florence Williams; Dillon Allar as Jeff and Mitchell Lee as Hannibal.

The cast is supported by a crew of Hannah Nolte as assistant director and stage manager; Courtney Graves as stage manager and stage hand; and Laura Vettleson-Trutza and Debra Hershberger as stage hands.

The plot

The play opens with the five residents of a sanatorium awaiting a new resident. The current residents of the sanatorium, called The Cloisters, function normally, excepting one small ailment. Fairy May (a plain girl who has difficulty telling fantasy from truth) sees herself as a person of great beauty. Jeff (a concert pianist and military veteran) believes that he was horribly scarred in the war, even though he survived without a scratch the plane crash that killed all his men. Florence dotes on a doll as if it were her 5-year-old living son (who had died at infancy). Hannibal (a statistician who lost his reason after being replaced by a computer and not finding work again) believes himself to be a concert violinist, even though he cannot play the violin. Mrs. Paddy, who had been told by her husband to "shut up" years before, rarely speaks except to shout out protracted lists of things she hates (including electricity, which she has given up for Lent).

Soon, Mrs. Savage (the widow of a millionaire) and her stepchildren arrive, and the five inmates eavesdrop from the hallway outside.

Ethel's three stepchildren, Titus (a U.S. senator), Lily Belle (a self-proclaimed ingénue) and Samuel (a judge), had been shocked to find out that their stepmother had set up a memorial fund with her money in order to help average people pursue their dreams. On the basis of her "eccentric" behavior (such as taking up acting and the goals of her fund) they had her committed to The Cloisters so that they could take the money from her.

When Ethel's three stepchildren leave, the five inmates introduce themselves to Mrs. Savage. Mrs. Savage tells them of her escapades in the theater before they all leave for Garden Hour.

She then reveals to Miss Willie, her nurse, and Dr. Emmett, her doctor, that she has hidden the money that her stepchildren tried to take from her.

The play continues as the residents of The Cloisters ask Ethel about her stepchildren, who return to try to find the Savage fortune. Ethel sends them on a wild goose chase, filled with fake locations.

There are many twists and turns with the residents creating chaos and bringing humor to what could be a very sad tale.

Come to the Mabel-Canton High School this weekend to find out how this farce ends!