|Show business mixes with melodramatics to fill the house|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
A full house and then some overflowed the Peerless Theatre Sunday afternoon, Nov. 2, when the cast of “The Girl in the Tutu or ... The Villain Kept Her on Her Toes” delighted the gathered crowd.
The Phillips County Players’ melodrama was the entertainment for the Saturday night CineMagic event, which also drew a good-sized crowd.
Theater student Sonny Nuggett, the hero of the show, tried to assemble a dance act to save his parents’ failing restaurant in the Gold Country of Old Californy. Steve Dittmer, new to the Players’ stage, played a convincing Sonny, and with the help of a little hair coloring, fit the part of the handsome, young student.
Allyn Robinson was another refreshing addition to the Players as gold prospector Pa Nuggett, who wheezed quite effectively and died quite convincingly. Dolly Smith returned to the stage for her role as Ma Nuggett, chief cook and worrier for the Nuggett restaurant.
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Monday Quantrell (Ashley Sullivan), pictured at left, demonstrates her Indian dance routine, much to the delight of her sisters, Friday (Taytum Kelley) and Wednesday (Janel Wailes).
Reactions are mixed at the presumed death of gold prospectors Pa Nuggett (Allyn Robinson), at front left, and Fred Sline (Karla Satterlee). In background, from left, are Pa Nuggett’s family, Sonny (Steve Dittmer) and Ma Nuggett (Dolly Smith), Sline’s daughter, Cora (Karen Swan), and local bumpkins Pooch (Jerry Brandt), Abner (Tristen Ferguson) and Dilly (Lemoine Ferguson).
Holyoke Enterprise November 7, 2013