By Jeffer Scheuer
The magic of radio will come to life on the Colby High School stage when the ShowCase Players presents “An Evening of Old-Time Radio with George, Gracie and Friends” on Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19 at 8 p.m. and on Sunday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. on the Colby High School stage. This is the second radio-style production for the community theatre group, which has been entertaining area audiences since 1985 with full-length productions.
Featuring Ed Ausbourne (Spencer) as George Burns and Elaine Haas (rural Colby) as Gracie Allen, the show also has the famous Abbot and Costello routine of “Who’s on first” with Adam Schnabel (Dorchester) and Kevin Wyeth (Curtiss). Joining George and Gracie will be the famous sleuth, Sam Spade, played by Earl Gamble, Marshfield. Rounding out the cast with other characters and commercials will be Debra Smith, (Withee), Tiffany and P. J. Heggemeier, (Owen), and Kim Olson, (Longwood). Cynthia Gutsch of Owen will accompany the production on piano. Kurt Schwoch (Dorchester), along with two lovely assistants, will provide the sound effects, live on stage, just like in old-time radio productions. Other technical personnel are Mark Gorke (Abbotsford) and Jamie Schnabel (Dorchester), lights; Jenny Weber (Colby), publicity; and Loralee Garrett (Withee), house manager. Jeffer Scheuer (Owen) is directing the show.
Over the years, the ShowCase Players has contributed to the Colby High School Theater facility itself with improvements in various forms, including lighting and building flats, and even
plumbing. In addition, the group has contributed to the encouragement of the study of the arts by offering scholarships to graduating seniors from area high schools. For more information about scholarships, or how to be a part of their next production, contact Jeffer Scheuer at firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail The ShowCase Players at PO Box 334, Abbotsford, WI 54405.
Tickets for the production are $8 for adults and $7 for students and senior citizens, and are available from cast members and at the door. The ShowCase Players once again encourages its patrons to bring non-perishable food items to contribute to the area food pantry, CUP. With a food donation, one dollar will be taken off the price of tickets purchased at the door. Join us, sit back and imagine entertainment as it used to be, right over the airwaves.