Greensburg Civic Theatre presents two plays

arts_duality_189719This winter, the Greensburg Civic Theatre will present two plays, Don’t Dress for Dinner in February and Curiosity Cat in March.

Don’t Dress for Dinner, written for the stage by Marc Camoletti and adapted from the works of novelist and playwright Robin Hawdon, stars Craig Soich as Bernard and Ellen Kalik as Jacqueline, with Kaitlin Baker, Mike Crosby, Adam Rutledge, and Katie Trupiano also appearing in the production.

Don’t Dress for Dinner is a hilarious madcap comedy that includes all the hallmarks of a great farce. Slamming Doors, mistaken identities, and nice helping of naughty humor,” said Mike Crosby, Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Greensburg Civic Theatre. “It’s the absolute perfect date show for the Valentine’s Day weekend.”

This is the third year the Civic Theatre has performed a show which focuses on the hilarity of what happens when romantic relationships become complicated. Previous years’ offerings included I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change and Perfect Wedding.

“[Don’t Dress for Dinner] may be the funniest one yet,” said Crosby.

The story centers around Bernard, who is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse. His wife, Jacqueline, is away. Bernard has arranged for a Cordon Bleu cook and invited his best friend Robert along to provide the alibi. It’s a foolproof plan. What could possibly go wrong? Don’t Dress for Dinner is a frenetic and hilarious case of mistaken identity with more twists than a corkscrew.

Curiosity Cat is a heartwarming and funny new comedy by the award winning YA author Chris Grabenstein, author of the best-selling book The Hanging Hill.

When their mother becomes very ill, Claire and Charlie are forced to live with their father’s Aunt Jenny. A stray cat named Curiosity also wanders into the house. When he breaks Claire’s prized music box, she immediately throws him back out into the streets. Being homeless is an adventure, not a concern, for a cat this curious and cool.

“Children will love all of the wild characters that they are introduced to which include a loveable, dim-witted dog, a retired circus lion, and, of course, a very curious cat named Curiosity. Audience members who have seen it describe it as an animated Disney movie on stage. I would completely agree with this sentiment. The show has humor both adults and children will love. It also teaches important lessons about loss and being there for the ones you care about. It is fast paced, hilarious, and is perfect for children ages four and up,” said Crosby.

Curiosity Cat will be performed by the theatre’s Greasepaint Players, a group named for the type of makeup the actors wear. The Greasepaint Players are the performing arts group aimed specifically at younger audiences and their families. Consisting of both young and adult performers, the Greasepaint are a dynamic mix which allows young children and teenagers to gain experience by working with seasoned adult performers.

Don’t Dress for Dinner will premiere on Friday, February 12 at 8 p.m., with additional performances on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m.

Performances for Curiosity Cat will be on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. and March 19 at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

For ticket information, contact The Palace Theatre’s box office at 724-836-8000, online at GGCCevents.org or by mail, using the Season Ticket Order Form found at gctheatre.org/tickets. Greensburg Civic Theatre is located at 951 Old Salem Road in Greensburg.
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Story by Aaron Dalzell for Pennsylvania Bridges