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April 26, 2024

May 5, 2024

SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Savage has been left ten million dollars by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money. The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase. At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.

BY JOHN PATRICK
PRESENTED BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH BROADWAY LICENSING LLC FOR THE DRAMATISTS PLAY SERVICE COLLECTION (www.dramatists.com)

CO-PRODUCERS

MEDIA SPONSORS

KMAJ Majic 107.7 – A Cumulus Station, WIBW, and WIBW.com

AUDITIONS

Sunday, March 10, 2024 (1:00 – 4:00 PM, Callbacks immediately following)

TICKET DATES

Friday, April 12, 2024 – PHONE LINES OPEN TO GENERAL PUBLIC

SHOW TIMES

Friday & Saturday night performances – doors open at 6:00 for a 7:00 curtain

Sunday matinee performances – doors open at 1:00 for a 2:00 curtain

Production Dates

Friday, April 26 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 27 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, April 28 – 2:00 PM Matinee

Friday, May 3 – 7:00 PM
Saturday, May 4 – 7:00 PM
Sunday, May 5 – 2:00 PM Matinee

Production Staff & Cast

STAFF

Joanna Lassley – Director

Dave & Laurie Uhler – Set Designers/Tech Directors

Andrew Ralston – Costume Designer

Mary Laura Barnett – Stage Manager

Amber Schmidt – Assistant Stage Manager/Dramaturg

CAST

Florence – Kelly Huff

Hannibal – Cote Werner*

Fairy May – Lily Czechanski

Jeffrey – Drew Bosack

Mrs. Paddy – Rosemary Cutrer

Ethel Savage – Barbara Lundquist*

Titus – Steven Stanek

Samuel – Noah Long

Lily Belle – Erin McGinnis

Miss Wilhelmina – Addy Mead

Dr. Emmett – Steve Larson

*Denotes HHT/TCT debut

 

Thank you to everyone who auditioned!   We had a wealth of fantastic auditioners, which made casting only 11 actors very difficult!

Cast: please email HHT Office Manager, Kari Johnson, to accept your role at kari@topekacivictheatre.com.  Your first rehearsal will be on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm for a full cast read-through.  Please come to the admin building (where you auditioned).