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'The Butler Did It Again"

Thursday, October 9, 2003

Cast members are (front row, from left) Mary Puetz (as Miss Maple), Gail Palmer, Juli Singer and Megan Ruhland; (second row) Melanie Harms, Curt Sitzmann, Bob Kenaley, Shelly Heidesch and Jane O'Brien; (back row) Roland Garn, A.I. Gottsch and Larry Brangwin.
(Sentinel photo by Sue Morris)
Actors from throughout the area have been cast in the latest production of the Le Mars Community Theatere, "The Butler Did It Again."

The spoof is a sequel to "The Butler Did It," which the Le Mars Community Theatre presented two years ago. Frances Krull directs the new production and Curt Sitzmann is producer.

Set in the Louisiana swamplands, a publisher socialite called "Miss Maple" (played by Mary Puetz of Sioux Center) rents a creepy old mansion Spanish Moss. She wants to introduce her latest literary discovery Ruth Dice (A.I. Gottsch), who has written her first novel, "Conversation with a Ghoul."

When the owner of the house is killed, Miss Maple and her guests look for clues.

New to the Postal Playhouse stage is Roland Garn of Dakota Dunes, who plays tough-guy Chandler Marlowe. The chic Manhattan couple Rick and Laura Carlyle are played by Curt Sitzmann of Le Mars and Gail Palmer of Hinton. Palmer resumes her role from the original play.

Larry Brangwin takes on the character of westerner Tony Tallchief. The inscrutable Louie Fan is played by Melanie Harms and Bob Kenaley resumes his role as the gentle Father White.

Also in on the fun is Juli Singer of Le Mars as Jane Doe and Shelly Heidesch of Remsen as Ms. Chips. Jane O'Brien, now of Sioux City, plays Mrs. Danvers. Megan Ruhland of Le Mars is Linda Hayes. Krull gives only a mysterious explanation that "Charlie will be played by himself."

"The Butler Did It Again" will be presented Oct. 31, Nov. 1-2, and Nov. 7-9. The Sunday performances will be matinees. Tickets will go on sale to the public next week at the Plyhouse at 546-5788.

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