CVCT presents ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’ |

CVCT presents ‘The Savannah Sipping Society’

Teri Levy rehearses her role in 'The Savannah Sipping Society' Wednesday at The Annex in Gardnerville.
Brad Coman |

Four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day lives, are drawn together by fate and an impromptu happy hour- and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life that they’ve lost over the years. The middle-aged women bond and become fast friends through laughter and attempts to reinvent themselves, along with the occasional liquid refreshment.

The Carson Valley Community Theater is performing a Jones Hope Wooten production, the “Savannah Sipping Society.”

“The characters are very realistic, like people you would meet in real life and the situations they face are like any other life situation,” said the production director, Ann Delahay. “ It’s funny and heart warming and is about the power of friendship.”

Jones Hope Wooten specializes in writing laugh-out-loud comedies. According to their website, they are celebrating over 4,000 productions and more than 35,000 performances making them the most popular and widely-produced playwrights in the United States.

Amy Sando, who runs the drama program at Douglas High School, got into competitive drama when she was in high school and community theater and has been directing and acting ever since. This is her first show with CVCT.

“Directing is what I have really come to love, said Sando. “But it is great to get on the stage every now and then and only be responsible for one character.”

Sando plays Jinx in the production, a spunky ball of fire and always offers her services as a much-needed life coach for the women.

Sheila Steele plays Dot, a mature widow who had a happy marriage. She’s sophisticated and cautious, but is ready to restart her life.

“The role is somewhat like me as a mature woman ,” said Steele. “The challenge is adjusting my personality to fit the director’s instructions for the character.”

Teri Levy who plays Randa, a no nonsense career woman, said that what makes the production interesting are the characters in the play. They are regular women, living regular lives and dealing with life and all the highs and lows that go with it. The characters do not think they are particularly funny people, but the lines and the situations they find themselves in are funny, and that’s what makes the performance fun.

The cast and director agreed that this production was a lot of fun to work on. It’s simply about life and friendship and the adventures of four women trying to obtain their lives back.

Performances will be Sept. 23, 24, 25, and 30 and Oct. 1 and 2. Friday and Saturday evening shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $13 for students and seniors in advance, and $15 for general admission and at the door. Tickets available at the box office, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday or buy online at Information, 292-0939.