The Saline Area Players are a little over a week away from the opening of “Murder for Dummies” written by Pat Cook. Performances are at 7:30 PM on April 12, 13 & 14 at 5th Corner, 211 Willis Rd, Saline, MI, 48176.
Three of the most colorful characters in the show are the three ladies that make up the Civic Arts League, along with Marge, in whose home they meet. Opaline Packer, the Southern penny-pinching member of the group who gets the idea to sell the books belonging to Marge’s husband Myron, is played by Patti Ringe. Patti is no stranger to SAP, first unleashing her southern accent as Mama in the The Carol Burnett Show and playing other roles including the lead role Ida in Honk, and Truvy in Steel Magnolias. She was most recently seen as Widow Corney in SAP’s Oliver last fall.
JoBeth Wallenford, the always-hungry club member, is played by Ann Marie Mann. Ann Marie has been performing on SAP’s stage for decades and excels in fun character parts like Veta in Harvey, Essie in You Can’t Take it With You, and Gert in Lost in Yonkers, to name a few. She also plays a second character part in Murder for Dummies – you’ll have to see the play to catch her dual performance.
Dewitt Gundlechuk, a hypocondriac and germophobe who has a purse full of paraphernalia, is played by Kelly Wade. Kelly was on the SAP stage as a child and was in shows with her father. She has been seen more recently in many of the Christmas shows, and had the role of Henrietta/Lowbutt in Honk. She is currently on SAP’s board.
Tickets are available ahead of time via the website, www.salineareaplayers.org, or at the door. Will call tickets can be reserved at email@example.com or by phone at 734-730-1055. Tickets are $16/adults and $12/children (12 and under). Doors will open 30 minutes before each performance for general admission seating. There are steps leading into the seating area.
Be prepared to laugh at the ongoing antics of these three club ladies!