RUMFORD – For the first time, patrons will have four evenings to choose from for the annual RAAPA dinner theater at Park Place on Swift River Road.

There will be two Saturdays, a Friday and a Sunday: June 19, 20, 25 and 26. All of the performances will be in the evening; the social hours will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6:30. The buffet menu will feature rib-eye beef, baked ham, turkey pie, lasagna, vegetable, potato and brownie sundae. During the social hour, there will be a cash bar and various hors d’oeuvres.

Following the meal, a one-act play “Egad, What a Cad” will be presented. It’s a typical melodrama with a handsome hero, lovely heroine and evil villain. The audience will be encouraged to cheer the hero and boo the villain.

Kathy Foster will play Ursula Greystone; Jim Robertson, Augustus Greystone, her husband; Duane Glover, Manly Rash (the hero); Rebecca Boudreau, Constant Hope; Wayne Landry, Bertram Oleander (the cad); Gail Parent, Fowler the housekeeper; and Martha Hanington, a soap customer. The play takes place in a mansion on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

After the first play, dessert will be served. The RAAPA Chorus will then present a choral revue with the following songs: “Another Opening, Another Show,” “Blue Velvet,” “Put on a Happy Face,” “Chapel of Love,” “My Girl/My Guy,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and a medley from the musical “Showboat.”

The evening will conclude with a Gay ’90s one-act play, “The Great Western Melodrama.” The performers are: Anita Murphy, Al Hanington, Nancy DeMilner, Connie Venskus, Wayne Landry, Duane Glover and Jim Robertson. Once again the audience will be encouraged to hiss at the villain and cheer the hero.

The dramatic and musical director is Judith Kuhn; Timothy Blodgett will assist with piano accompaniment. Anita Murphy has designed the set, Gabrielle Levasseur is handling the programs and Dee Holman is in charge of publicity.

Ticket orders may be placed with RAAPA members or through reservations chairman Naomi Robertson at 369-9422. The price, $25 per person, includes the hors d’oeuvres, the buffet, entertainment, tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made no later than 10 days prior to each performance and all sales are final.


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