Sally Gracie TwispBy Sally Gracie

A series of unfortunate events led Methow Valley Theater to cancel its opening weekend performances of the adult comedy The Seven Year Itch. The play will go on with performances at the Methow Valley Community Center auditorium on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (March 27 – 29) at 7:30 p.m. The cast wants the community to have every opportunity to see the play so they have added a matinee performance on Sunday (March 30) at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $20 in advance for front-row seats. Methow Valley Theater will honor those $20 up-front tickets for the cancelled performances.

Kira Cramer, who at 17 is the most experienced actor in the cast, “is well worth the price of admission,” according to Nadine Van Hees, who has worked with the theater group since 1989. Rob Brooks plays his role “extremely well,” she said. Others in the cast include Erin Bosco, Amanda Johnson, Jessica Dietz da Costa, Leah Knowells, Shelley Block, Nick Bosco, Ethan Cramer, Kirsten Ostlie and Bob Hoffman.

Rumors flew as to the reasons for the cancellation. It’s a fact that most of the cast and the two directors — as directors — were novices. This might not have been a problem had the more experienced members of the theater group been available to help out. Illness also affected cast and crew. Don Mendro’s part was eventually written out of the production altogether after he was taken ill.

Everyone has worked extremely hard in rehearsals since January, Nadine told me. She added that the cast and crew have “overcome their obstacles” and “are excited about this coming weekend.”

The Methow Valley is a small place, and anyone who tries to do something for the first time (whether it’s dancing the waltz, reading their poem to an audience, or directing a play) deserves a great deal of credit just for taking the risk and giving their best effort. If they fail, I’m still willing to say thank you for trying. And it sounds like The Seven Year Itch will be a big success, despite the setbacks, especially if we’re there to enjoy it.

Nadine will be sitting in the director’s chair for the upcoming performances.

Ladies, it’s time to put on your best flowered silk dress (or come as you are) for the Ladies’ Tea at the Methow Valley Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 5. Besides tea to sip, tea sandwiches and sweets are being made by members of the board. Of course there will be piano music and bouquets to buy and take home with you. A photographer will capture your image (a few hats and fur coats may be available for the photos). Admission at the door is $5 for adults and $3 for young ladies under 12 years old.

All proceeds go towards college scholarships for Liberty Bell High School students.

The film Coming to Light tells the story of photographer Edward S. Curtis and the creation of his monumental portfolio of images of Native Americans. The Methow Valley Interpretive Center presents the Anne Makepeace film at The Merc on Sunday (March 30) at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 to cover the cost of the event. Nancy Palagruti, member of the Buttermilk Book Club, recommends Timothy Egan’s book Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis. The book would make a fine follow-up to the film.