The 1997-98 Season- Come Play With Us began with a special Halloween radio presentation of Ted Tiller's Count Dracula. Billed as a "Radio Journey into Horror", the company ventured into their first endeavor at radio theater.
by Ted Tiller
Directed by: Frank L. Sawyer
Under the direction of Frank L. Sawyer and sound engineers David Seymour and Sean Marx, the company recreated this version of the classic vampire tale for radio listeners on both local stations KRJC 95.3 FM and 1240AM KELK.Starring the vocal talents of leads, Kim Meyers as Dracula, Robin
Simmons as Mina Murray, David Seymour as Dr. Van Helsing, Frank L. Sawyer as Renfield, Earl Shortridge as Dr. Seward, Penny Urriola as Mrs. Seward, Sean Marx as Wesley, and Jeremy Firth the production was a huge holiday success.
A Christmas Carol
Written by: Michael Paller
Directed by: Robin Simmons
Following the radio theater production was another holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, with Robin Simmons making her directorial debut with the company.
This version of Dickens' epic tale of Ebeneezer Scrooge and three pesky Christmas ghosts finds Mr. Charles Dickens home with his family and guests on a winter's eve celebrating the season. The idea is proffered to act out the characters of Charles' latest writing endeavor, A Christmas Carol. The family and friends oblige and the wonderful story is spun. Actors take on not only the classic roles but the roles of all the guests and family.
SSP's production was the featured event at Elko's Festival of Trees and was a fund raiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Elko and Riders for the Handicapped. Another testament to the warm heart the company has for the community. Starring Frank L. Sawyer as Charles Dickens/Ebeneezer Scrooge and a cast featuring Kim Meyers, Tommy Goichechia, Bob Colbert, Bill Wolford, David Pitt, Gay Meyers, Madison Meyers, Penny Urriola, Savanah Meyers the show packed the Elko Convention Center.
The shows were such a success it was requested to tour the historic Eureka Opera House beginning what would turn out to be the first of several such mini-tours of SSP shows to Eureka. The A Christmas Carol Eureka Tour, featured a smaller staged version but with all the regular characters. The cast moved in on Friday and gave an inspired performance for a generous audience the following evening. The performance was used also for a fundraiser for the Friends of the Eureka Opera House Fund. Host Wally Cuchine was a hoot to work with and made our stay in Eureka a memorable one.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Book, music, and lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Directed by: David Loughney
The season concluded with another original Dickens' piece, the Broadway multiple ending murder musical The Mystery of Edwin Drood. A script featuring seven different endings depending upon audience voting, Drood is the story of a bawdy English theater company performing the yet unfinished piece since Mr. Dickens found himself quite dead before he could finish the play. Featuring the voice and acting talents of Bill Wolford as Mayor Sapsea, Delmo Andreozzi, Robin Simmons, David Seymour, Frank L. Sawyer, and Katie Miller, the show was produced at the Great Basin College Theater and was met with rousing applause on its six day run. The featured orchestra was headed by Kathy Colbert and featuring local area musicians. Taking the reigns of the musical romp was director David Loughney.