‘Cookin’ With Gus’ dinner theatre this weekend

The Springs Theatre Company, presents their newest dinner theatre production, “Cookin’ With Gus!,” taking the stage this weekend , March 26, 27 and 28. Tickets have sold fast for this charming and romantic comedy set in 1977, however, plenty of good seats remain available. Audience members will 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!

This latest offering from STC is directed by Michael DeWInter. Michael has been heavily involved in theatre both on and off stage since he was a child. He has appeared in three television commercials and countless stage productions. Michael studied set and costume design in college and has voluntarily applied his talents to the Pagosa stage since moving to town over 12 years ago.

Playing Gussie is veteran Pagosa actress Sandy Applegate. Gus is assisted by her fast talking agent Bernie played by theatre newcomer and longtime resident Bernadette Mondry in her Pagosa Springs stage debut. Theatregoers will recognize Gussie’s fun-loving gypsy neighbor, Carmen, played by Candy Flaming. Rounding out the talented cast is Gussie’s lovable love interest Walter played by Kevin Van Maanen.

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 buffet 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 still on sale at The Plaid Pony (731-5262) or online at www.SpringsTheatreCompany.org.

Cook up some fun and laughter 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 visit the Web site.

Photo courtesy D’Ann Artis
Bernadette Mondry, Kevin van Maanan, Sandy Applegate and Candy Flaming prepare for this week’s dinner theatre productions of “Cookin’ With Gus!.”