Local theatre group SKITS prepares for spring play, comedy

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
SKITS cast members from last spring’s production “The Bold, The Young and The Murdered” carry out a scene in a Whodunit murder mystery. This spring, the community theatre group will be producing “Million Dollar Meatballs” April 28, 29 and 30 in Shell Knob. Julia Kilmer/reporter@cassville-democrat.com

Funny farce ‘Million Dollar Meatballs’ called a comedy of epicurean proportions

Shell Knob in The Spotlight (SKITS) is preparing for its spring play, “Million Dollar Meatballs,” by Todd Wallinger, which Barb VanDusen, SKITS president, says is a comedy of epicurean proportions.

“It is really funny,” VanDusen said.

The story line, as she describes, starts with two bumbling jewel thieves that are on the run who duck into Chez Monyeu, a restaurant so bad the mice are the only repeat customers. The deliciously funny farce includes characters with names such as Olive Pitt, Boris Stroganoff, Ginger Snap and Sue Dujour.

The production, which is being produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service Inc. of Denver, Colo., makes the community theatre group’s eighth in three years.

Adult males and females are currently being cast. Rehearsals are three times per week beginning March 6, however, it may not be necessary for all characters to be present for each rehearsal.

Auditions were held Saturday at the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob, and as usual, no acting experience is needed for the community theatre venue, just a willingness to learn.

“We really mean that,” VanDusen said.

Those who cannot make the auditions but are interested in acting may call VanDusen to schedule an alternate time.

SKITS is also seeking persons who see themselves helping more behind-the-scenes, such as stage hands to help with stage construction, painting of sets, designing costumes, prop assembly, curtain raising, sound byte implementation, lighting, microphones, ticket takers, rehearsal readings and stand-ins.

This year, the group was needing a little extra help to continue putting on its productions, in the form of a new stage. All proceeds from ticket sales go back into production costs so funds for new purchases are limited.

“Our stage that we borrow from a church in Cassville is not working and we [were going to] have a major fundraising effort to buy a new stage,” VanDusen said. “We were very fortunate to get a grant from the Table Rock Lake Foundation, through sponsorships and memberships, to start this process, so we hope to have that new stage this year.”

The play will be held April 28 through 30 at the United Methodist Church in Shell Knob. On Friday and Saturday nights, the play will begin at 6:30 p.m., and on Sunday, at 2 p.m.

Advance tickets for adults, which are limited in number for each performance, can be purchased for $7 in Shell Knob at Arvest Bank, Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce and Jug ‘n’ Plug. Tickets at the door are $9. Children 12 and under are free.

Guests can also order tickets to be paid for at the door at the $7 ticket price by calling VanDusen in advance at 417-858-9590.

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