AMMON – The Ammon Arts Community Theater is preparing its first show of the 2021 season.
The play, “The Curious Savage,” is a comedy written by John Patrick and will feature a cast made up of members of the Ammon community. The show will take place on February 12, 13, 15 and 16 at Thunder Ridge High School in Idaho Falls.
“(The play) is about this woman whose children send her to this mental institution because they think she is crazy because she wants to give her fortune to people who want to make their dreams come true”, member of the council directors of the Ammon Arts community theater and “Curious Savage,” actor Ali Rockwood told EastIdahoNews.com. “She will be living at this location with five other hospital patients who all have their own quirks.”
“The Curious Savage” was chosen for production because AACT wanted to start the new season with something fun and light, especially after the drudgery of 2020.
“That’s exactly what this show is,” said Rockwood. “It’s funny and fun, but there is also a really good message and that’s what we wanted to bring to the community at this time.”
This production is a partnership between AACT and Thunder Ridge High School. Technical work for the play will be handled by members of the Thunder Ridge Drama Department and a portion of the proceeds will go towards funding their future shows.
“We have partnered with Mr. McClaren, the director of Thunder Ridge, to build a relationship with them and to help raise funds for them and also bring more theater to our community,” said Rockwood.
Rockwood said the play would be a good opportunity for community members to leave the isolation they found themselves in during the pandemic and share an experience in a safe environment.
“We have all been kidnapped in our own homes in recent months,” she said. “As our audience will be socially distanced and we will be wearing masks and all, this is a great opportunity for us to come together as a community and have fun together.”
The room will also be broadcast live for those who are concerned about being inside a room with a group of other people. Click here to access the live stream or click here to purchase a ticket in person.
“The Curious Savage” kicks off the 2021 season of AACT which will also feature a June production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, an August staging of the musical “James and the Giant Peach” and the theme of the 11th. September “Hole in the Sky” in September. Those who might be interested in participating or sponsoring future productions are encouraged to get in touch with AACT through their Facebook page.
“We have four shows this year, so there are a lot of opportunities to participate, whether it’s sponsoring, being on the show, or doing tech,” said Rockwood. “We have lots and lots of opportunities for people to get involved and we would love any help we could get.”
The Ammon Arts Community Theater production of “The Curious Savage” begins at 7 pm nightly at Thunder Ridge High School in Idaho Falls. Visit the AACT Facebook page for more information.