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Tickets now on sale for ‘The Curious Savage’

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (Oct. 5, 2010) — Tickets are now on sale for Milligan College’s production of “The Curious Savage,” to be performed Oct. 21, 22 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Milligan’s Gregory Center for the Liberal Arts.

All performances are open to the public. General admission is $8, and student tickets are $5. Tickets are available in the Milligan College Bookstore, open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by calling 423.461.8733.

The production is one of several special events to be held on campus during Milligan’s annual Homecoming festivities, Oct. 22 and 23.

The play by John Patrick is produced and directed by Milligan theater professor Richard Major, with scenic and lighting design by Pamela Adolphi. It is produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc.

Set in 1950, “The Curious Savage” is about a widow, Mrs. Savage, whose husband left her $10 million. Her grown stepchildren try to get their hands on the fortune. When they cannot, they commit the widow to a sanatorium.

Mrs. Savage, played by senior Melanie Richards of Knoxville, Tenn., is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their dreams. In the sanatorium, she meets various social misfits who need the help she can provide. Her newfound friends conspire with her to get rid of the stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, they enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plan.

“The finale is a delightful fantasy where each sanatorium ‘guest’ realizes at last some hopeless dream for something they were never able to realize,” Major said. “The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.”

The cast also includes: junior Daniel Banks, sophomore Colin Blowers and Caleb Lee, all of Elizabethton, Tenn.; junior Lacie Black, of Jonesborough, Tenn.; sophomore Josh Ernst, of Ashland, Va.; freshman Emily Jimenez, of Gray, Tenn.; senior Heather Knudtsen, of Eagen, Minn.; senior Dan Ott, of Wooster, Ohio; senior Sarah A. Rhymer, of Fall Branch, Tenn.; senior Brennan Seth Tracy, of Oblong, Ill.; and senior Stephanie L. Wilson, of Lamar, Mo.

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Posted by on October 5, 2010.