Carson Valley Community Theatre will present Irving Berlin’s musical comedy “Call Me Madam” over two weekends March 21-23 and 28-30 at the CVIC Hall in Minden.
Friday and Saturday evening shows at 7:30 p.m. will be followed by matinees on Sunday at 2 p.m.
Once President Harry S. Truman appointed Washington hostess Perle Mesta as Ambassador to Luxembourg in 1949, the foundation was laid for a musical comedy that would poke fun at politics — foreign and domestic alike. Mesta was known as the “hostess with the mostest” for her lavish parties featuring the brightest stars of Washington, D.C., society including artists, entertainers and many top-level national political figures.
The “Call Me Madam” story is a satire on politics and foreign affairs that spoofs America’s penchant for lending billions of dollars to needy countries. The show centers on Sally Adams, a well-meaning but ill-informed socialite widow who is appointed United States Ambassador to a small fictional European country, the tiny duchy of Lichtenburg.
Set in 1950, the show draws from the political environment of the Truman presidency, including the future contest for the presidency between Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower.
Among the songs featured in the show are the popular chart makers of the ‘50s, “It’s A Lovely Day,” and “You’re Just In Love.”
Additional information may be obtained by visiting CVCT’s website at www.carsonvalleycommunitytheatr.org or by calling (775) 292-0939.