By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2013
Board Members Debbie Pope, Sherry Whisman and Karyn Maio are busy with the production of “You Can’t Get There From Here,” a play featured at the Sapulpa Community Theatre in June.
Sapulpa Community Theatre President Sherry Whisman says the best kept secret in Sapulpa is the Sapulpa Community Theatre (SCT). “The theatre is in its 35th year,” said Sherry, “and it is only through dedicated volunteers and the financial support of our community that our dream remains alive.” Sherry and other board members say they are seeking both. “We invite friends, neighbors and any nearby resident who appreciates the arts to become a part of what we consider to be one of Sapulpa’s most valuable civic assets.”
Although ticket sales are imperative to the success of any production, SCT cannot operate on ticket sales alone. They also need continued support through individual contributions and loyal corporate sponsors. They hope that becoming a supporter of the Sapulpa Community Theatre will become a part of your future. All contributions are tax deductible.
Sherry and board members Debbie Pope and Karyn Maio are currently engaged in preparing for the production of “You Can’t Get There From Here,” a stage play comedy by Pat Cook. Sherry is directing the production, and Debbie and Karyn share leading roles playing two sisters, Liz and Myrtle, who own the Mavis Garner Bed & Breakfast in a small southern town.
You would never find this B&B on a freeway or even on a map. It’s not a destination location. The business gets customers after their vehicles have been disabled when they hit the town’s huge pothole located on Main Street. While the cars are being repaired at the town’s only garage, owners and passengers are forced to stay at Mavis Garner Bed & Breakfast, the only establishment in town where you can find a bed for the night.
Arthur, a traveling tabloid journalist, finds himself in town and, you guessed it, unwittingly encounters the pothole and finds he has no choice but to stay at the B&B while his car is repaired. Arthur’s editor tells him to write an exposé of the town, the pothole “scam” and his unscheduled predicament. During his stay at the B&B, Arthur finds himself transitioning from an uptight big-city person to someone who is starting to embrace small-town charm and the lifestyle it represents.
There’s a whole lot more waiting to unravel within the plot of this very funny comedy, but I certainly wouldn’t want to spill it to you just now. It would be a lot more fun to experience all the hilarious twists and turns from the theatre audience with your entire family. Sherry assures us that no one will be embarrassed by this production. “Young and old alike will thoroughly enjoy the play,” she said. “This play is very well crafted, and each member of the audience will find themselves relating to the characters. It presents a great opportunity for you and your family to just laugh.”
Mark your calendar now and reserve your tickets for one of the presentations of “You Can’t Get There From Here.” Dates and times are: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 14, 15 and 16 and Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 21, 22 and 23. Friday and Saturday evening performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m.
Help spread the word about one of Sapulpa’s best-kept secrets by inviting a friend to join you for an enjoyable evening as you witness “You Can’t Get There From Here.” See you at curtain time.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.