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Camp Washington-Carver’s dinner theater series to present Everyday Players’ production of “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” on August 21

8/4/04

Camp Washington-Carver’s Family Homestyle Dinner Theater Series will serve up a hit comedy and film for its final show of the 2004 season on Saturday, Aug. 21, with the Everyday Players’ production of “The Pink Panther Strikes Again.” The dinner buffet begins at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Based on the novel by Frank Waldman and the stage play by William Gleason, “The Pink Panther Strikes Again” is the fifth installment in the Pink Panther series. The story follows the world’s most unusual criminologist, Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau, who fights for his life and the future of mankind in the most bizarre and dangerous caper of his brilliantly fortunate and utterly clumsy career when he takes on his former boss, Paul Dreyfus, who has turned into a raving lunatic because of Clouseau’s undeserved success. Dreyfus is holding the world at bay with the ultimate weapon, the Doomsday Machine, and is threatening to vaporize continents if the nations of the world don’t deliver Clouseau to him. The ensuing antics dish up a hilarious evening of entertainment.

The Pink Panther series was made into several films starring the incomparable Peter Sellers as Clouseau and Herbert Lom as Dreyfus, and has enjoyed enormous success over the years.

“The Pink Panther Strikes Again” is directed by Catherine T. Pantuso of Charleston, who works as a freelance theater artist specializing in acting, directing, stage/film makeup and children’s theater. She is active in Kanawha County Schools, serving as an artist-in-residence in directing plays and teaching creative drama classes. In addition, Pantuso is a professional makeup artist who has worked for ABC, ESPN, Time , Rolling Stone and Bon Appetit magazines, among others. Her work also can be seen in many commercials in West Virginia and across the nation.

The dinner buffet includes a selection of entrees, vegetables and bread. Iced tea, soda and coffee also will be served. At intermission, playgoers will be treated to homemade cobblers and ice cream.

Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Tickets are $20 per person for dinner and the performance, $17 for seniors. Children five and under are free. Camping is available at the additional rate of $15 per site with electric and $10 per site without electric.

For more information about the Family Homestyle Dinner Theater Series or to make reservations for the show, call (304) 438-3005 or (304) 438-3006 or e-mail terry.hackney@wvculture.org.

The Everyday Players was initiated in 1988 by actor/director Catherine T. Pantuso, who wanted to produce dinner theater comedies throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Virginia. Her first booking was at a Charleston country club, and since then she has brought theater productions to conventions, resorts, hotels and a host of country clubs across the region.

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 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. 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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