Pec Playhouse presents high school production: Pecatonica High School students stage The Curious Savage April 20-22, 27-29

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PECATONICA—Pec Playhouse Theatre in Pecatonica has announced its 10th annual high school production, The Curious Savage.

The Curious Savage, a play by John Patrick, is a warm-hearted tale of kind Mrs. Savage, an eccentric and extremely wealthy widow, and her selfish, greedy stepchildren. Left millions of dollars by her late husband, Mrs. Savage wants to give the money to charity. However, her stepchildren want to keep it all for themselves, and think anyone who would give away that much money must be insane. And so, in an outrageous attempt at getting their hands on the money, the stepchildren commit Mrs. Savage to a sanatorium, where she is deemed mentally unfit.

Mrs. Savage meets an array of social misfits at the sanatorium, but finds her predicament is not as dire as it seems. Sometimes, hope can be found in the most unlikely place!

At times both funny and heartwarming, this curiously refreshing story shows that kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world often motivated by greed and dishonesty. You’ll delight in meeting the wide range of characters in this cast, from Mrs. Savage’s covetous and impudent stepchildren, to the sanatorium inmates whose curious personalities grow on Mrs. Savage—as they will on you.

Director Katie L. Smull, long-time volunteer for Pec Playhouse Theatre, makes her directorial debut and brings 15 years of acting, stage managing and costuming experience to the production. Smull recently appeared as Sheila in Jake’s Women, and costumed this season’s cast of Steel Magnolias.

The cast of 11 Pecatonica High School students brings much previous acting experience to the stage, with three making their acting debuts. Leading the cast is high school junior Aurora Schnorr as Mrs. Savage, whose stage credits include Death by Chocolate and The Groom Said No. Sophomore Jenna Wilder is student director, and sophomore Emily Warner is assistant stage manager. Production manager Michele Schnorr is one of PPT’s founding members.

The annual high school production is always a special occasion because of PPT’s history. Pec Playhouse Theatre was formed in 1991 by a group of Pecatonica High School students and graduates who sought theater experience beyond high school. With the help of supportive parents and community members, the students organized and produced PPT’s very first show, Out of the Frying Pan, funded entirely by membership dues and proceeds from a car wash. The high school show tradition continues with each season, and is highly celebrated as a unique opportunity for area students.

The Curious Savage is a must-see show for this season. Experience a quality high school performance in an intimate and rustic venue, and help celebrate the roots of PPT’s beloved theater as it marks 10 years of high school theater.

Performances are Fridays-Sundays, April 20-22 and 27-29, with showtimes at 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m., Sundays. Tickets are $10 for all seats. All shows will be performed at Pec Playhouse Theatre at 314 Main St., Pecatonica. Additional information can be found on their Web site at or by calling the Box Office at 815-239-1210.

from the April 4-10, 2007, issue

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