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Camp Washington-Carver’s Family Homestyle Dinner Theater Series will serve up a two-act comedy for its first show of the 2006 season on Saturday, Aug. 26, with the Everyday Players Theatrical Ensemble’s production of “Cheaters.” The dinner buffet begins at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.
“Cheaters” is a wild, rollicking look at love and romance written by Michael Jacobs. With a small cast of six who comprise three troubled couples, the play revolves around interactions among the couples with witty dialogue and astute observations about romantic relationships.
Allen and Michelle have been living together for 18 months. It’s the first real relationship for both of them. Being confused about the benefits of marriage, they decide to have dinner with both sets of parents to get their advice, unaware that there are some unexpected entanglements. As introductions are made, it’s everyone for himself.
The play is directed by C. T. Pantuso and takes place in the present day. The New York Post called it “Downright hilarious!” and the New Yorker magazine said it brings “Welcome heights of hilarity!” It is being produced by special arrangements with Samuel French.
The dinner buffet includes a selection of entrees, vegetables, salad and bread. Iced tea, lemonade, soda and coffee also will be served. At intermission, playgoers will be treated to homemade pie.
Seating is limited. Reservations are recommended, but tickets will be sold the evening of the performance. Tickets are $30 per person for dinner and the performance; $27 for seniors. Children five and under are free. Rough camping is available at the additional rate of $15 per site per night.
The Everyday Players Theatrical Ensemble utilizes the talents of West Virginia actors to provide top quality “dinnertainment” to audiences hungry for laughter. Catherine Pantuso formed the group in 1988 after deciding the explore the possibilities of producing dinner theater comedies throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia. Her first booking was in a Charleston country club, and from there she has taken Everyday productions to conventions, resorts, hotels, and a host of country clubs across the region.
For more information about the Family Homestyle Dinner Theater Series or to make reservations for the show, call (304) 438-3005 or (304) 558-0220.
A beautiful retreat listed in the National Register of Historic Places and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Camp Washington-Carver serves as the state’s mountain cultural arts center and nurtures the cultural heritage embodied in the site since its dedication in 1942 as a 4-H and agricultural extension camp for West Virginia’s African Americans. The camp is located adjacent to Babcock State Park just off Route 60 (Midland Trail) on Route 41 South in Clifftop, Fayette County.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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Performers Ron Smith and Amy D. Goins.
Photographs by Michael Keller, WV Division of Culture and History