Canine comedy set to take the stage at Evans Senior Center

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The E.L. Evans Senior Center’s popular acting troupe is ready to entertain the masses with a brand new production. On June 4-6, The Showstoppers will host an original play written by director Tom Cash called, “Where Has That Dog-Gone Dog Gone?” The central focus in the hour-long comedy revolves around a famous canine who has mysteriously vanished, the slew of beloved cartoon and sitcom characters who are the prime suspects in her disappearance, and a pair of sometimes bumbling cops who are tasked with solving the case before another wayward child falls down the well. “It’s a really fun show that lovingly parodies some of the most iconic television shows and characters of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s,” said Cash. “The cast has once again hit it out of the park with their embodiment of these familiar characters and I know the audience is going to love watching them play these roles just as much as the actors love performing it.” Shown here embodying the roles of Sheriff Andy Griffith and his side-kick Barney Fife as they piece together the clues of the case are Mike Latella (left) and Ed Hawkins (right). The Showstoppers will present “Where Has That Dog-Gone Dog Gone?” at 1 p.m. on June 4, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on June 5, and 1 p.m. on June 6. The production will take place at the E.L. Evans Senior Center, 4330 Dudley Ave., Grove City. Admission is free but non-perishable canned food donations are welcome.
Edith Bunker (a.k.a. Diana Schnack) shows off her musical pipes much to the “delight” of her husband Archie (a.k.a. Chris Fulton).
Little Timmy (John Hamilton) listens raptly as his mother Ruth Martin (Connie Price) calls the police about their missing dog, Lassie.
Mr. Ed (voiced by Tom Cash) peeks his head out of the stall.
Showstoppers actors Ed Hawkins, Chris Fulton, Karen McCleary and Diana Schnack rehearse a scene. They are portraying Deputy Barney Fife, Archie Bunker, Louise Jefferson, and Edith Bunker, respectively.
Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo (played by Bob Tibbals and Sharleen Newland, respectively) address the crowd with all of the usual suspects behind them. Newland created the bear costumes for the production.
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