‘Cookin’ With Gus!’ dishes up talent

“Cookin’ With Gus!”, a delightful romantic comedy, kicks off The Springs Theatre Company’s 2009 season when it takes the stage March 26-28. This dinner theatre production directed by Michael DeWinter dishes up laughs as audiences follow the antics of Gussie Richardson, a gourmet chef, as she prepares to film a pilot for a TV cooking show. However, mayhem ensues when Gussie reveals that she is afraid of speaking in public.

Playing Gussie is veteran Pagosa actress Sandy Applegate. Audiences may know Sandy from her appearances in Pagosa Player’s productions of “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” and “Good Help is So Hard To Murder” or from the Music Booster’s production of “You Can’t Take it With You.”

Gus is assisted by her fast-talking agent, Bernie, played by theatre newcomer and Bernadette Mondry in her Pagosa stage debut.

Theatregoers will recognize Gussie’s fun-loving gypsy neighbor, Carmen, played by the Candy Flaming. Candy has appeared in numerous shows since her childhood, most recently as Miss Scarlett in STC’s production of “Clue! The Musical” and as Andrea in last summer’s Melodrama “Dora, The Beautiful Dishwasher.”

Rounding out the cast is Gussie’s lovable love interest, Walter, played by Kevin Van Maanen. Kevin appeared last summer as the villain in STC’s “Foiled by an Innocent Maid.”

Will Gussie overcome her fear of speaking in public and truly become the next Julia Child? Only the audience will know for sure when they see “Cookin’ WIth Gus!” presented at the Pagosa Lakes Clubhouse. A three-course dinner will be served beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the show will follow at 7:30. Guests will enjoy a menu of mixed spring field greens salad with feta cheese, mandarin oranges and citrus vinaigrette dressing, fresh baked rolls and butter, apricot glazed chicken breast, red skinned garlic mashed potatoes, fresh green peas and carrots and a slice of New York style cheesecake with an assortment of toppings for dessert. A variety of sodas, iced tea and coffee are also included and vegetarian options are available.

Admission is $30 per person and includes dinner, dessert, beverages and the show. Previous productions by The Springs Theatre Company have sold out, so don’t wait to purchase your tickets. Reserved seating tickets are on sale now at The Plaid Pony (731-5262) or online at www.SpringsTheatreCompany.org.

Cook up some fun and laughter in March with “Cookin’ With Gus!”. For more information on “Cookin’ With Gus!,” the rest of the 2009 season, or for volunteer, advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael DeWinter at 731-5262, Rick Artis at 731-8914 or you can visit the Web site.

Photo courtesy Rick Artis
Kevin van Maanan and Sandy Applegate appear in the Springs Theatre production of “Cookin’ With Gus!” The dinner theater show is scheduled for March 26-28.