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BTCPA presents: ‘Curious Savage’

The Bay Tree Council for the Performing Arts in Red Bay presents its second production of the season, “Curious Savage” by John Patrick and directed by Mark Richardson.

The performances will be Feb. 16-18 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. at Community Spirit Bank’s Weatherford Centre in Red Bay. Tickets are on sale now: $8 each or $25 for play and dinner. Dinner tickets must be reserved in advance. Groups interested in coming may also call Beth Hammock at 256-356-9286.

Cast members include Joy Corsbie, Joey Allen, Georgia Jeffreys, Ethan Ray, Carol Murphree, Jacob Litteral, Chase Allen, Isabella Russell, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Brittany Russell and Scotty Kennedy.

Mrs. Savage has been left $10M by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of her grown-up stepchildren’s efforts to get their hands on it. Knowing that the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of the fortune, the stepchildren commit her to a sanatorium hoping to “bring her to her senses.” In the sanatorium, Mrs. Savage meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life – people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide. In getting to know them, she realizes that she will find happiness with them and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money.

The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase.

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 at times motivated only by greed and dishonesty.

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