Written by Barbara Pease Weber, “Sahara” is described in reviews as “imaginative” and “fun for the whole family.”
The play comes to The Colonnade Feb. 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. The Colonnade Performing Arts Theater is at 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold.
Sylvia Goldberg, a respectable retired New Jersey schoolteacher, brings home more than just souvenirs upon re-turning from her grandson’s wedding in Israel. Sylvie’s troubles begin when she realizes an old teapot she pur-chased at an outdoor market is actually a priceless relic containing a geriatric genie “Eugene” with a bad back and a penchant for vodka and V8. Keeping Eugene a secret from her three best friends, Mabel, Thelma and Fannie, proves to be nearly as difficult as protecting herself from Eugene’s former master who follows Sylvie home and threatens her at knifepoint.
Stage manager Jan Daigle said the director of the play, Holly Baranick, chose a cast of veteran local actors who had shared many performance experiences. She also said Baranick chose “Sahara” because she likes comedies and “Sahara” promises to deliver plenty of laughs.
“Holly likes to lift the spirits of her audience,” said Daigle. “She always likes to make them laugh.”
Baranick, who has been either directing or acting since 2006, generally directs 2 pieces a year, a “kid/teen” choice for the summer and a comedy in winter/spring time under her company Stageworks Entertainment.
Again, performances will be: Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. with a special matinee on Feb. 25 at 1 p.m. Ticket prices are: $11 adult admission, $9 seniors (age 55 and older), $9 students and $8 for groups of 15 or more. Please call 706-935-9000 for more information or visit the website colonnadecenter.org.