Morgan theater celebrates 25 year as Community Players

MORGAN – The Morgan Community Players celebrate their 25th year of providing family-friendly entertainment with “Taming the Wild, Wild West in a Dress,” a two-act comedy that takes place in Lucky Lady, Nevada in 1895.

Performances are 7 p.m., Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 and 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 14 at the Morgan High School Auditorium.

The play is directed by Char Carlson and Jim Lueken. The cast consists of 21 aptly named characters such as Bobbie Pinz, a hairdresser or Bill Holder who is a banker.

It’s hard to be a hero when you’re a man wearing a dress, but Clarence Rawlins (Jeffrey Sorenson) manages to do just that in this action-packed Western comedy.

Rawlins and his theater company head west to Lucky Lady, Nevada, where he discovers that he has misread his aunt’s handwritten will. Thinking he was inheriting a profitable saloon where his acting career might flourish, he was actually bequeathed the Lucky Lady Salon, a beauty parlor. Flat broke, Clarence has no choice but to raid the costume trunk and transform himself into a down-on-her-luck British aristocrat, Lady Claire Rawl, now head hairstylist of the small town’s only beauty salon.

His pal and fellow actor, Roger Gaines, (Josh Lueck) becomes a French stylist, Rogaine. Together with the ladies in the troupe – Heidi Gray, Bobbie Pinz and Nell Clipper – (Julia Garms, Shalee Peterson, and Amy Schmidt) they re-open the beauty salon to great success.

Their good luck runs out when, unbeknown to them, two crooks, Colt Revolver Jr. and Jessica James (Ken Johnson and Char Carlson) plot to acquire the salon as part of a scheme to rob the bank next door.

Others cast members are Kelli Sorenson, Amy Robben, Shawna Nelsen, Beke Medenwaldt, Jon Guggisberg, Doug Daub, Doug Kopischke, Galen Engholm, Bill Vollbrecht, Jim Lueken, Randy Mages, Vanessa Hoffmann, Dustin Hoffmann and Vashti Sperl.

Reserved seating tickets are available at the F&M State Bank of Morgan or can be purchased at the door for each performance. Tickets for adults are $6, and tickets for children 12 and under are $3.

The New Horizons Club will serve coffee and bars after the evening performances. The Morgan Lions Club will have a spaghetti dinner from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the Sunday performance in the St. Michael Church basement.

The performances and dinner are open to the public.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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