Community theatre to present "Check, Please"
Dating can be a fun experience, or a traumatic one.
On Saturday, Feb. 14, Holton Community Theatre will show the funny side of the traumatic experience — funny, that is, for the audience, but not necessarily for two people who just want to find “the right one” for them.
“Check, Please” by Jonathan Rand will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday — Valentine’s Day — at Penny’s on the west side of Holton’s Town Square.
The play, directed by Shannon Wittmer, is being presented in conjunction with the Holton/Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s Second Saturday promotion. Chamber director Carolyn McKee said this morning that the play is sold out.
Rand’s one-act comedy focuses on a guy (Jordan Callison) and a girl (Macey Hundley) who go individually through a seemingly disastrous series of blind dates in their search for a perfect match — or one as perfect as possible. The objects of their annoyance include people with multiple personalities and phobias, self-absorbed idiots and sports fanatics, people who are too young or too old for them to date and a mime.
“Each scene alternates between the two as they encounter many eclectic and horrible blind dates,” said Wittmer, who also plays the mime. “We have a vast age group involved in this play, with ages ranging from 12 to 52.”
It’s the second community theater production here for Wittmer, who also directed “Café Murder” for the Chamber’s second Second Saturday event in October.
“‘Café Murder’ was very successful,” Wittmer said. “We had a sold-out crowd and most of the comments I heard were about how Holton needed an event like this, where food and entertainment could be available in town and at one location. The positive response I received definitely made it easier for me to agree on directing a new play in February.
At the request of McKee, Wittmer sought suggestions for a play to perform for Valentine’s Day. One of the actors, Annie Brock, suggested “Check, Please.”
“She said it was funny and just the right length,” Wittmer said of Brock’s recommendation. “After reading it, I agreed.”
In addition to Callison, Hundley, Brock and Wittmer, actors in the play include McKee, Jacob Spalding, Mallory Jacobs, Scott McGuire, Inga Kelly, Travis Henry, Jocelyn Turner, Taygen Fletcher, Brandon Haefke and Chad Phillips.
For more information on Second Saturday activities, contact the Chamber office at 364-3963.