SIDNEY — A new Sock and Buskin light comedy, “Things My Mother Taught Me,” will come onstage for two weekends beginning at 8 p.m. on both Friday, Nov. 9 and Nov. 10 at the historic Sidney Theater, 120 West Poplar St.
Other dates will be Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., Nov. 16 and 17 at 8 p.m., Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online ahead of time at www.sidneytheatre.org or at the door.
The story follows Olivia and Gabe as they experience the adventure of moving into their first apartment, complicated by the questionable helpfulness of their parents, “whether the couple need help or not,” according to Director Steve Deitrich.
The cast includes Olivia Keegan, Tj Montgomery, Niccole SueAnn Wallace, Bob Blindauer, Nancy Besecker, Caleb Magill and Jennifer Kaufman. Rounding out the ensemble is Peg Dietrich, stage manager, and Michelle Robinson as props master.
Dietrich said the audience will feel part of the action since the performance area is at eye level instead of up on stage. “This view makes it a personal experience for the audience,” he said.
He also said this will give Sidney residents a chance to see the ongoing renovation work at the 94 year-old landmark which, over the years, has served as an opera house and movie theater between 1921 and 2004. In 2009, the Raise The Roof For The Arts nonprofit group took over the building, raising more than $3 million dollars to begin to restore the theater to its original appearance.
Dietrich’s directorial experience began in 2015, with “Young Frankenstein, The Musical” and “The Producers.” After that, an earlier rendition of “Things My Mother Taught Me,” “Making God Laugh,” “Twelve Angry Jurors” and “Farce of Habit.”
After a two-year hiatus, the 42-year-old Sock and Buskin Players began performing in the Historic Sidney Theater to get a sense of the public’s interest in attending plays there. The play group has performed in a variety of venues including various area schools, Shelby County fairgrounds, Hickory Hills, Sidney Elks and the Children’s Home.
The writer is a regular contributor to the Sidney Daily News.