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Cherokee Community Theatre presents 'Enter Laughing' this month

Friday, March 5, 2010

The Cherokee Community Theatre will present the first play of their 51st season this month. Rehearsals are well underway for "Enter Laughing," a comedy by Joseph Stein, based upon a book by comedy legend Carl Reiner. The play is under the direction of first-time director James Puffett.

"Enter Laughing" concerns David Kolowitz, a nice young man who is living with his parents in New York City in 1938, and working at a machine repair shop. His parents want David to study to become a pharmacist. But what he really wants is to be an actor like his idol, Ronald Colman.

One day, at his friend Marvin's suggestion, David tries out for a part in a play and gets it, despite his obvious lack of acting experience and ability. True, it's a rather small part in a low-rent production. Leading the troupe is a washed-up, alcoholic actor who hires David at the urging of his actress-daughter, who finds David "cute."

To play his part, David must come up with his own costume - a tuxedo - and pay the house five dollars a week, ostensibly for tuition. But it is David's first acting job, one which calls for him to "enter laughing."

And if it doesn't work out - well, there's always pharmacy school.

The comedy will be performed at the Cherokee Community Center on March 12, 13, 19, 20 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinee performances on March 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. Call 225-4440, or stop by Main Street Pharmacy in Cherokee to purchase tickets.

Members of the cast include Joe Vannatta (as David), Dave Zelle, Eric Boisen, Janet Brown, Andy Linn, Dee Murphy, Ashley Weber, Ryan Brown, Marci Brown, Jim Godberson, Becky Elemond, Kara Klingborg and Tony Puffett.

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