The Curious Savage

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The Curious Savage is a comedic play that will hit the stage this weekend, served alongside dinner.

The play follows the doings of Mrs. Savage in 1949, an older woman with a thwack of money ­­— $10 million — and she wants to make the best of it by making others happy.

However her stepchildren don’t think her spending money on others is a proper use of their inheritance.  To straighten out her thinking, the family commits Mrs. Savage to an insane asylum.

While not impressed with her situation, Mrs. Savage quickly learns to care for her mad-hatter companions and enrolls them in her conspiracy to dispose of the greedy children.

The show is presented by the Prince Albert Community Players, a local theatre group in the city with more than 50 years of experience.

“It’s a comedy but it’s also a drama and what we like about it is while there are laughs, there is also a real life lesson,” said Morley Harrison, director of The Curious Savage.

“She wants to do foolish things (with the money) that give life to people. Give joy, fun, dreams,” Harrison said.

Several characters pepper the 12-person cast, including some curious residents of the asylum. A violinist who believes he plays phenomenally, yet creates nothing but screeching sounds and a woman who never speaks except about things she detests.

“(She’s) a woman that’s been told to shut up for the last 20 years,” Harrison said, “So she did!”

As the tale culminates, Mrs. Savage finds she has a choice to make, between the often-cruel world of reasonable, sane people or the dream world of her mad companions.

Guests can expect entertainment and inspiration, Harrison said.

“I think they can expect some laughs and they can expect some challenges as to what life should mean,” he said.

The last day of the play is being held on Remembrance Day. Originally Harrison was concerned that might be perceived as disrespectful. However they have scheduled the show so that it is in the afternoon and does not interrupt regular Remembrance services.

“To me, I felt this play really is about what many people gave up their lives for,” Harrison said.

“Truly it is what we should remember about life,” he added.

The Prince Albert Community Players is made up of a wide variety of people in age and experience, from lifelong acting aficionados to recent high school graduates to those who have not seen the curtain-side of a stage in years.

It will be performed at École Valois School at 449, 10th St. East.

Each show has a tasty meal as part of the entertainment. Friday is pasta night and tickets are $20. Doors open at 6:15, food is served at 7 p.m. Saturday is a beef dinner theatre and tickets are $30. Doors open at 6 p.m. and supper is served at 6:45 p.m. Sunday’s matinee show includes desert and is $15. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Tickets may be bought at Canadian Tire.

Organizations: Prince Albert Community Players, École Valois School, Canadian Tire

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