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Getting Sara Married (Comedy)

By Sam Bobrick

Directed by Kevin Knuth

March 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 2017

Menu:

Assorted Breads with Butter
Spinach Mandarin Salad
Pecan Chicken
Roasted Red Potatoes
California Blend Vegetables
Assorted Fruit Pies


Sara Hastings is an unmarried lawyer in her mid-thirties, much too busy to get involved in romance. Her Aunt Martha has decided to take matters into her own hands and find her a husband.

 Unfortunately, Aunt Martha's method of doing it amounts to having the prospective groom bopped over the head and brought to Sara's apartment. Aunt Martha's choice is Brandon Cates, a young man who handles Aunt Martha's finances. Although Brandon is engaged to be married, this does not deter Aunt Martha.

 After being bopped on the head a few times, having a temporary loss of memory and experiencing several instances of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and a confrontation with his very angry fiance, Brandon slowly comes to realize that Sara is really the girl for him.

 

"A bright and breezy evening of delightful theatre... It is fun and a great change of pace from the daily news and the rest of the world. Don't miss it!" -  Jacksonville Review

 "A night of fun, laughs and lighthearted entertainment, make a date out of it - you'll be glad you did.” Pegasus News

 Produced through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
 

 


Director's Notes

Sara Hastings is single and focused on her career as an attorney. Her crazy Aunt Martha (though she prefers the term "eccentric") is concerned about her niece being single and not having anyone to care for her, so she decides to play matchmaker. She even knows the perfect guy for Sara: Brandon Cates. The problem is that Brandon is engaged to a wonderful girl named Heather. This does not deter Aunt Martha. She arranges to have Brandon delivered to Sara via a somewhat questionable delivery man. From there, hilarity ensues.

When I first read the synopsis for Getting Sara Married, it sounded like the type of play I thoroughly enjoy watching. A group of (mostly) normal people with just a little lunacy thrown in as a catalyst for laughter. Playwright Sam Bobrick has had a long career writing plays (he has more than 30 to his credit) and quite a bit of television, including episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, Bewitched, and most recently, Saved by the Bell. This show was the perfect fit for a first-time director like myself. It's filled with great characters, great writing and a novel twist thrown into the plot to keep it humming along.

Though I have acted in several shows at Arena, this was my first at the helm of a production. The experience has been both wonderful and challenging. Perhaps the most challenging for me was giving the actors time to find their own piece of the characters they portray. As a director, I had some specific thoughts about how key points should play out, but left room for the actors to bring their own ideas about their characters into the mix. Those creative interactions have been some of the best moments for me.  

To deliver this bit of entertainment I have assembled a cast that I am extremely proud of.  Some of these folks are well known to Arena audiences (Gloria Minnich, Rebecca Karcher), some have made appearances in the past (Greg Sitcler, Duke Roth, Kevin Boner), and one, Casey Knuth, makes her stage debut in this production. 

Getting Sara Married is a fun show that is full of laughter. And sometimes, you just need to laugh!
 

Actor Bios

Gloria Minnich (Sara Hastings)

Gloria Minnich most recently directed Failure: A Love Story for Arena.  She has appeared onstage in many shows, including Always A Bridesmaid, Exit Laughing, The Smell of the Kill, Barefoot in the ParkThe Mousetrap, Blithe SpiritLaughing StockSame Time, Next Year, Stepping Out, Plaza Suite, Almost, MaineAny WednesdayLast of the Red Hot LoversVanitiesCrimes of the Heart, and Death By Chocolate at Arena. She appeared in The Road to Mecca , Durang: 5 Comedies in 1, Private Lives and Proof at the Civic Theatre and You Can’t Take It With You, Henry IV, and Eleemosynary at First Pres. Theatre.  When not onstage, she teaches drama and dance classes at area schools.  She is a member of the Fort Wayne Dance Collective Touring Company, which performs in schools across Indiana.  She loves to travel abroad and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Drama Resource, and the National Theatre in England. She would like to thank Greg, for constantly running lines with her and having the patience of a saint.  She would also like to thank the director, cast, and crew for being so supportive and for filling each rehearsal with laughter!


Greg Sitcler (Brandon Cates)

Greg is delighted to be back on the Arena stage.  You may recognize him from Arena Dinner Theartre’s production of Stepping Out as Geoffrey or selling drink tickets for Arena’s shows.  By day, Greg monitors Frontier Communications corporate network.  Greg has also appeared in The Full Monty at the Civic Theatre along with Purely Dance and Wonderful Town at IPFW.  Greg is excited to be performing for the first time in a leading role.  He would like to thank his partner, Gloria Minnich, both on stage and off.  He would also like to thank Kevin Knuth for casting him, the cast and crew for being a joy to work with, and you for coming to see the show.  He hopes you enjoy it.


Rebecca Karcher (Aunt Martha)

Rebecca returns to the Arena stage, grateful for a role that allows her to tap into her inner eccentric characteristics.   The Kansas City native has been seen here in Dixie Swim Club, Smell of the Kill, and They Came from Mars.... By day, Rebecca serves as Director of Communication and Community Engagement for Trinity English Lutheran Church, but in her " free time," she loves the whole Arena community: from amazing fellow cast members , to a terrific rookie director , to the inimitable curtain speeches by Brian Wagner.  Gratitude, always, to the best husband and son on the planet, who support her theatrical pursuits. <3 you, Rich and Justin.


Casey Knuth (Heather)

Casey Knuth has been shoved into appearing in her first Arena Dinner Theatre production by her pushy father-in-law, Kevin. She is a complete amateur but has enjoyed trying something new and meeting new people! She truly has no idea what she is doing but would like to thank her husband, Denis, and her three fur-babies for being understanding of the missed snuggle time. Casey would also like to thank her persistent father-in-law for making her do this. Ah, nepotism!


Duke Roth (Noogie Malloy)

Duke is thrilled to once again find himself on the Arena Dinner Theatre stage. He made his debut at Arena as Orville in Daddy's Dying Who's Got the Will?  His second production at Arena was as Commander Harbson in South Pacific. He has been in Numerous roles at First Pres Theatre, his last production was as the Foley artist in FPT production of It's a Wonderful Life- A Radio Play. When not acting he enjoys playing his Cello, his Motorcycle and Golfing . Enjoy!


Kevin Boner (Chiropracter)

Kevin is happy to be making yet another appearance on the Arena stage. This is his second show this season, having previously stage managed Failure: A Love Story. He was seen last year as Bobby Grayson the male stripper in Exit Laughing and stage managed Always A Bridesmaid. Outside of the theatre Kevin enjoys a life in the great outdoors. He has a job with a local estate management company tending to flower containers and beds. He is a volunteer with Little River Wetlands Project doing a mixture of preserve stewardship and leading public hikes. He has a variety of wildlife that he uses for hikes including but not limited to a deer mouse, 2 musk turtles, and a crawdad. He is also on he board of Directors for Fox Island Alliance


Clarence Tennis (Stage Manager)

Clarence F. Tennis III has been active in the Fort Wayne community theatre, working primarily backstage with a few onstage roles, for over twenty years. Clarence is excited to be stage managing for Arena Dinner Theatre’s production “Getting Sara Married” and to be part of Kevin Knuth’s directing debut, and working with this great cast and crew.

The most recent productions he has been involved with are Civic Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol - The Musical” as assistant stage manager / stage right crew captain, and St. Francis’ production of “Marvin’s Room” as Marvin. Other Arena productions he has most recently been a part of were “Busy Body” as stage manager, and “1940’s Radio Hour” as Lou. As well, he is an active member of the Arena Dinner Theatre board.

After twenty years as the technical assistant and “Mr. Fixit” for the students and professors of IPFW’s Geoscience Department, he retired after the closing of the department as part of IPFW’s reorganization. He is currently providing ad-hoc electronic troubleshooting and repair.
 


Jen Rothenbush (Asst. Stage Manager)

Though Jenn is no newcomer to the stage, this is her first time plying her skills behind the scenes. Most recently you may have seen her in The Wizard of Oz (USF), South Pacific (Arena), and Jane Eyre (All For One). When she's not occupying her time with theater, she enjoys reading, seeing films, and frolicking with her two hound dogs. She would like to thank Kevin for this opportunity to help with this wonderful production, and Clarence for taking her under his wing and showing her the ropes. She'd also like to thank her husband, Jonathan, for all his love, support and encouragement in her endeavors. 
 


Kevin Knuth (Director)

Kevin Knuth makes his directorial debut with Getting Sara Married. Kevin is an award winning actor well known to Arena audiences. He recently appeared in Failure: A Love Story.  Other performances include Rounding Third, Same Time, Next Year, Plaza Suite and Almost, Maine. Kevin also serves on the Arena Board of Directors.

He would like to thank the Arena Board for giving him this opportunity.  He also wants to thank his cast for their hard work and a special thank you to Clarence Tennis and Jen Rothenbush whose help has been immeasurable.

In his spare time Kevin can often be seen walking his dogs Tucker and Hadley through the Oakdale Neighborhood where he and his wife Sharon reside.

Kevin dedicates this show to his wife Sharon.  "Thanks for your love and support- and for understanding why I needed to do this show!  I love you!"

 

 

 

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