VAN WERT — Off Stage Productions will be performing “The Savannah Sipping Society” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten on April 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 and 14 at the Vantage Career Center, 818 N. Franklin St, Van Wert.
The shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28 for dinner and the show. Make reservations at 419-605-6708.
Friday shows will be Popcorn Night with free popcorn included (no dinner) at just $13. Saturday and Sunday performances will include a catered buffet-style dinner.
THE STORY: In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one. Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch—and all alone. Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex. Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice. Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends. So raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy!
Christa Manning will be in her first performance with Off Stage Productions, although she is no stranger to the stage. Christa has performed in various roles here in Van Wert as well as Lima, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Her most recent role has been that of Lois Shields in Van Wert Civic Theatre’s comedy “Cahoots”.
Pat Howard will be in her second show with Offstage Productions. She recently portrayed Mavis in the Southern comedy “Hallelujah Girls,” which was a role she loved. Pat explains, “As I’m getting older, I want to branch out and this is such a great opportunity to do just that.”
Mary Yackey has most recently been involved with Off Stage’s production of “Farce of Nature” in 2017 as well as various Van Wert Civic Theatre roles. One of Mary’s favorite roles was Sister Augusta in Drinking Habits, as she puts it “Who wouldn’t want to be a nun?? Performing on stage in a role that is totally not me is so much fun! I’m excited to be on stage once again to bring laughter into peoples’ lives. Life is better when you’re laughing!”
Terri Stevens has been enthusiastically involved in Van Wert theatre for many roles. Terri explained that “I became interested in theatre while in college, but once I entered the workforce I put my stage time on the back burner until I retired. Then, I heard about a little community theatre having auditions for a cute comedy. I was fortunate to get a role and the rest is, as they say, history. Since then I’ve been in several shows both with Off Stage Productions and Van Wert Civic theatre and several of these shows are comedies by Jones Hope Wooten. My favorite role was Gaynelle in “Rexes Exes”, another Jones Hope Wooten show.”
Directing this show is Crystal Cully Ringer, a Van Wert native. After being involved in Lincolnview Drama Club, Offstage Productions, and the Van Wert Civic Theatre as a youth, Crystal was inspired to pursue her undergraduate degree in theatre. While in college she continued to perform in local theatre as well as university productions, and performed professionally while residing at the Dunes Summer Theatre in Michiana Shores, Indiana. “I strongly believe in the power and influence of community theatre and all of the countless hours of hard work that these loving individuals dedicate to it. I
couldn’t be more appreciative to be back in Van Wert as part of this beautiful production.”
The Savannah Sipping Society will be performed at Vantage Career Center starting on Friday, April 5th. Additional show dates are April 6, 7, 12, 13 & 14. Friday shows again will be “Popcorn Night” performances with free popcorn included (no dinner). Saturday and Sunday performances will include a catered buffet style dinner. Reservations will open for members on March 18th and to the public on March 20th. Box office number will be 419-605-6708
Additional information can be found online at http://www.offstagetheatre.com and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OffStageProductions