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Russell Community Theater Announces 2018 Season

Russell Community Theater PlayhouseRussell Community Theater has announced its 2018 slate of plays.

Cheating Cheaters, written by John Patrick and directed by Bob Roe, opens the season April 17 through 21 at the RCT Playhouse located at 5th and Kansas in Russell.

Theresa and Angelica have been impersonating nuns and begging for donations in order to send their orphaned niece to art school. A cat burglar plans to steal their ill-gotten gains and a suspicious policeman arrives to investigate the sisters. What might be the beginning of big trouble turns out to be the beginning of big opportunities. When the young art student turns up unannounced, the sisters decide to clean up their act. But before the adventure is over, the aunts realize their niece is not quite as innocent as she seems – and they'll all reap the rewards of her secret talents.

The Nerd, written by Larry Shue and directed by Mitch Eaton, will entertain audiences as the annual Dinner Theater production at the Russell Elks Lodge this summer.

Willum has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick, a fellow GI whom he never met, but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment, but his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. As Rick stays on and on, his continued presence leads to one uproarious incident after another.

The season wraps up at the RCT Playhouse in October with A Bad Year for Tomatoes, written by John Patrick and directed by Mitchell Hunsley.

Myra Marlowe, fed up with the pressures of her acting career, leases a house in a tiny New England town. Her longtime agent is finally letting her relax a bit, but her nosy neighbors are a different matter. In an attempt to gain some privacy, she invents a crazy sister who is "locked in an upstairs room". Complications arise when the local handyman develops feelings for Sister Sadie and the church ladies decide it is their duty to save Sadie's soul. A desperate announcement from Myra brings on the sheriff and an accusation of murder.

Russell Community Theater is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation that was organized in 1986. Its ultimate governing body is its stockholders. The theater's Board of Directors is elected annually by the stockholders. The sole purpose of RCT is to produce theater for the community and surrounding area. The theater is supported financially solely through the sale of tickets to its productions and by gifts from those supportive of community theater and the arts generally. RCT has a performance space at the corner of 5th and Kansas Streets in Russell. It also has offices, a warehouse and scene shop located at 839 Main in Russell. For more information, call 785-483-4057. Also, find them on Facebook.

(Information and photo courtesy RCT.)

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