Dinner-theater melodrama opens next week

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Dinner-theater melodrama opens next weekPictured: Joshua Farinha (second from right) swoops in to protect Mallory Cosner (left) from Seth Tait and Lacy Roberts in a scene from “Someone Save My Baby, Ruth!” — Photo by Laura Austin

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Old-fashioned heroes and villains will once again take the stage when the Christian Home Educators of Ridgecrest present “Someone Save My Baby, Ruth,” or “Foil that Villain” — this year’s offering in their popular melodramas that bring families together for an evening of fun.

Audiences can participate in the dinner theater on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 8 and 9, at p.m. at Crossroads Community Church. The $12 general admission (reduced to $10 for seniors, youth and military) includes dinner, drinks, dessert and popcorn for throwing at cast members.

A dessert theater will be held Saturday, Feb. 10, at noon at Crossroads. Admission is $10 general and $8 reduced.

Children 4 years and younger will be admitted free, though a ticket is required.

Our story follows young widow Penny Candy (Mallory Cosner) and her baby, Ruth, who is taken in by her Aunt Praline (Lorna Havig), the owner of the Sweet Shoppe candy store.

“Little does Penny know both love and danger lie ahead,” said a spokesperson.

Cadbury Swindle (Seth Tait) has his sights set on purchasing the shop for his own villainous reasons, and is willing to do away with Praline and her heirs if she doesn’t accept his offer.

Lacy Roberts will portray Ada Sourball, Cadbury’s partner in crime. Sweet Shoppe cooks Cindy Grade and Farron Heit will be played by Naomi Meech and Jason Ertl, respectively. Rounding out the cast is Joshua Farinha as Ernest Noble, our story’s hero.

The CHER middle schoolers are directed by Heather Weaver. The money raised through the production will help fund the high school’s upcoming production of “A Night of Legends,” which include retellings of the Robin Hood and Zorro stories.

“Come have fun and participate in an enjoyable, romantic, family-oriented story!” invited Weaver.

Tickets are at Red Rock Books, the Lighthouse bookstore and the door.

Story First Published: 2018-02-02