New England community puttin’ on a show

To raise money for the Memorial Hall Renovation Project, a group of actors from the New England community will be performing a dinner theater with a comedy called ‘Dogsbreath Devereaux The Dastardly Doctor’ by Billy St. John.

Nurse Hilda Hatchet, played by Adrienne Kathrein (L) gives a shot to Breann Krebs (R). (PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald)
Nurse Hilda Hatchet, played by Adrienne Kathrein (L) gives a shot to Breann Krebs (R).
(PHOTO BY RACHEL BOCK | The Herald)

By RACHEL BOCK | Herald Reporter

To raise money for the Memorial Hall Renovation Project, a group of actors from the New England community will be performing a dinner theater with a comedy called ‘Dogsbreath Devereaux The Dastardly Doctor’ by Billy St. John.

The play is about a character named Dr. Dogsbreath Devereaux, a doctor who wants to take over the Hanover D. Cash Clinic by marrying the clinic’s owner, a wealthy widow named Lotta Cash. Dr. Devereaux has a plan to try to inherit the clinic and all of Lotta Cash’s fortunes, but Dr. Devereaux isn’t aware of all the obstacles that stands in the way of the success of his plan.

There are 16 members in this year’s cast, who are all from, or work in the New England area. There are also several children who have small parts in the play.

The group of actors started practicing twice a week Wednesday and Sunday nights back in August. Shannay Witte, along with her husband Keith, are both actors in this year’s play. Shannay, who plays the character Lotta Cash, has a lot of fun being in the performances and enjoys being part of the cast.

“It is just a ton of fun. You kind of get to bond with people, you laugh constantly, we just have a lot of fun doing it,” Shannay said.

Jess Eisenbarth, whose character is a spaced out minister called Sister Sunbeam, decided to be part of this year’s performance because of her daughter Kaylee, who wanted to be part of the production. Kaylee who is an 8th-grader at  New England Public School, has performed in the Missoula Childrens’s Theater in school and enjoys acting. Jess decided that this would be something fun for the mother and daughter to do together.

“She really enjoys this that is why I decided to do it,” Jess said.

This is the second year that the group of New England actors has performed the dinner theater fundraiser. The head of the committee, Stacey Miller, noticed the success that the Amidon Dinner Theater has and decided to do the same thing in New England to raise money for the Memorial Hall Renovation project.

Last year’s performance was so successful that they sold out both nights. They decided this year to add a third performance. The proceeds of the play will go towards the Memorial Hall Renovation elevator project.

“There are a lot of local people from the community who have volunteered their time to put on the production. It just takes a variety of people for this to come together from the kitchen help to the servers to the actors. There is a nice community effort involved in making this work,” Stacey Miller said.

The performances will be Saturday, October 17, Friday, October 23, and Saturday, October 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the play starting at 7:00 p.m. all three nights. Tickets are available at American Bank Center, and the What Not Shop in New England. Ticket prices are $40 for a single ticket, and $75 for a couple. The ticket includes a meal of Hors d’oeuvres, prime rib, baked potatoes, vegetables and dessert.

During the intermission music will be provided by New England Public School 5th-grader Brady Rustan on this Saturday’s performance and on the October 23-24 performances New England Public School music teacher Conway Heupel will be performing along with Brady Rustan.

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