SKITS presents melodrama on high seas

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

All aboard the H.M.S. Majestic for a riotous adventure in "Peril on the High Seas," a melodrama set in the roaring twenties performed on Nov. 8 and 9 at 6:30 p.m., with an additional 2 p.m. matinee performance on Nov. 10.

Walk down the gangway into the United Methodist Church in Shell Knob for the production presented by SKITS and sponsored by local patrons, businesses, Table Rock Lake Community Foundation and Missouri Arts Council.

The story unfolds around heroine and heiress Merry Ann Sweet (Heather Andres), who has no idea that she is the intended victim of a kidnapping plot schemed up by the villainous Snively Swine (Craig Burford). With his partner, the slinky and exotic Aracnia Webb (Janel Riley), Swine disguises himself as Sir Reginald Rottentot, a British nobleman, in order to gain the confidence of Merry and her flapper friends, Mitzi (Jane Willis), Ritzy (Bev McCaulla) and Ditzy (Amanda Robbins). Instead, Merry falls for a handsome waiter, Cary De Mille (Don Herbert), but the ship's policy prohibits crew from becoming involved with the passengers.

Swine launches his kidnapping scheme. Can the love-stricken Cary save Merry? It's up to the passengers, movie star Mary Pickaxe (Sue Beck); gossip columnist Hedda Hooper (Beth Harp); detective Willy Ketchum (Ken McCaulla), and his wife, Wanda (Karin Stanley); Merry’s aunt, Bea Goode (Paula Harris); the ship’s captain, Barney Kuhl (Cliff Przybyl); and Entertainment Director Skeet Suiter (Jim Robinson) to help Cary put the damper on Swine. Written by Billy St. John, "Peril on the High Seas" is directed by SKITS actress Anne Hoffman.

Pick up a bag of popcorn at the concession stand and join SKITS for this wacky ride. Boos and hisses are expected. Tickets for all performances are available at Jug ‘n Plug, Freedom Bank, Arvest Bank, and Shell Knob Chamber and are $9 for adults, and children 12-and-under are free. For will call, people may call 417-858-6199. People can also learn about SKITS on Facebook at SKITSCommunityTheater. More information is also available at