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Sun Lakes has mystery, comedy offerings this month

April 14th, 2022 SanTan Sun News
Sun Lakes has mystery, comedy offerings this month

By SanTan Sun News Staff

Comedy and mystery are coming via two separate groups to Sun Lakes this month.

The Sun Lakes Community Theatre will present “Catch Me if You Can” at 7 p.m. April 27-30 with a matinee at 1 p.m. May 1 at the Cottonwood Ballroom. Tickets are $16 and available at or 480-382-6290.

There are plenty of ingredients for a mystery: a chalet in the Catskills, a couple on their honeymoon, a lovers spat and suddenly a mystery unfolds. The bride is missing and that’s just one of the cases the rural detective has to solve. A kindly priest enters the picture with the missing honeymooner, expecting a joyful reunion, but her husband claims he doesn’t recognize her at all.

The show was a popular  stage-play from the mid-60s and several movies have been made under the same title, but none of them resemble this physiological-thriller/comedy/mystery. This show will keep you guessing right up to the bitter end.

The cast includes Rich Paladino, Kate Turner, Mario Carranza, Danny Corbin Michael Carter As Sidney The Local Deli Owner; Dennis Dennehl and Maria Blanding.

Meanwhile, The ImproVables comedy improv show is coming to the Cottonwood on April 22. The show will be held in the Saguaro Room and will have a nightclub style atmosphere. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner will be at 6 p.m. “The show is brand-new and laughter is guaranteed,” a spokeswoman said

The buffet dinner is included in the $25 ticket price. Seating is limited!  The ImproVables’ last show was sold out in five days. Information:

The Sun Lakes ImproVables began in October 2011 as a class in improvisation. The originators of this group were Howard Hummel, Andrea Hummel, and Phyllis Novy, all retired drama teachers, actors and directors.

In 2012, they felt confident enough to perform publicly and began to do shows around the Sun Lakes area. Since then, they have performed about six times a year, including a workshop at the Association for Theater in Higher Education conference held in Scottsdale in 2014.

They have also performed for community groups, senior citizen centers, community colleges, and even on board a cruise ship in 2014. As far as we know, we are the only performing improv troupe composed entirely of senior citizens, so who says old folks don’t have a sense of humor!

“Improvisation is a wonderful activity for seniors, especially those who find learning lines a bit more challenging than it used to be. Generally the seniors in our group find the activities to be mentally stimulating and a wonderful way to play and grow with like-minded seniors,” the group says on its website.

“Although our group is less physical than younger performing groups, we begin each practice with warm-up activities stressing mental, vocal and physical exercises. We are careful to wear comfortable, rubber-soled shoes and bring water to stay hydrated. We practice and learn in a safe, nurturing workshop environment. We love what we do, we love sharing and we have become very close. All of us feel that improvisation has enriched our lives.”