published Friday, February 11th, 2011

Signal Mountain Playhouse opens Ludwig farce

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    “Leading Ladies” cast members are in front, from left, Lee Abelson, Kendra Gross, Patti Gross, Keith Collins, Shandra Burnett and Doug Strickland. In back are Eric Schubert and Don Strickland.

If You Go

* What: "Leading Ladies."

* When: 6:45 p.m. today, Saturday, Feb. 18-19 and Feb. 25-26.

* Where: Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave., Signal Mountain.

* Admission: $12, includes dessert and coffee.

* Phone: 886-1959.

Don Strickland and Eric Schubert are playing the title roles in "Leading Ladies," the Ken Ludwig farce that opens tonight at the Mountain Arts Community Theater on Signal Mountain.

The dessert theater is the winter production of Signal Mountain Playhouse, according to Anne Rittenberry, SMP board member.

The comedy's plot revolves around Jack (Schubert) and Leo (Strickland), two down-and-out Shakespearean actors who are working the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. The actors discover from a newspaper ad that a wealthy elderly woman is searching for her two nephews, to whom she plans to leave her fortune when she dies.

Thinking they'll score easy cash, the two decide to pass themselves off as her long-lost nephews. But when they arrive in New York, they find out the missing relatives aren't nephews but nieces.

How they solve that dilemma and the romantic complications that result will keep audiences laughing.

Rittenberry said director David Wood has assembled a cast of actors who are veterans of Playhouse productions as well as of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre. In addition to Strickland and Schubert, the cast includes Kendra Gross, Patti Gross, Shandra Burnett, Keith Collins, Lee Abelson and Doug Strickland.

Doors open at the MACC at 6:45 p.m. for dessert and coffee before the 8 p.m. curtain. Tickets may be bought at the door or at the MACC box office between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. or 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday. They may also be reserved by phone at 886-1959.

Contact Susan Pierce at or 423-757-6284.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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