Celebrate Sunriver Stars’ 10th Anniversary with an Italian Dinner Theater Experience
September 26 @ 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
The Sunriver Stars Community Theater invites you to hold tightly to your spoon as your attempt to untangle the clues in the playful mystery “Mamma Mia! The Secret of the Spoon!”
Tickets go on sale Sept. 1 for performances on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3. Tickets are $35 for the show and a three-course pasta dinner, prepared by Marcello’s Cucina Italiana.
The talented cast directed by Victoria Kristy will transport guests to Mamma Mia’s, a popular, family-owned Italian restaurant known for its tiramisu. Tragedy strikes when Pastalucci matriarch and restaurant founder Nonni passes at just 98, and her grieving family must carry on and continue providing her famous dessert for which they’re renowned. When Nonni’s preferred spoon goes missing, their legacy is in jeopardy as the family accuses one another of stealing, hiding or misplacing it — all while serving guests delicious food highlighted by Italian accents and banter.
Oregon State alum Alex Alfieri wrote the play, which will be performed Sept. 26 on the patio of the Badlands Bistro in La Pine, followed by two performances on Oct. 3 at The Door in Sunriver, catered by Marcello’s Cucina Italiana.
Local theater veterans Janice Dost and Nancy Foote will play Mamma Pastalucci and Rosa Pesto, respectively. Both have been performing with Sunriver Stars Community Theater (SSCT) since its first show, The Bremen Town Musicians, nearly ten years ago. They have also served on the SSCT Board of Directors. A host of other local actors from all ages round out the cast.
“The play is so much fun to rehearse,” director Victoria Kristy said. “Everyone has developed their own Italian character and it’s a hoot!”
Kristy offers more than 40 years’ experience directing children’s theater in Arizona, California and Washington State. After retiring to Sunriver, she knew she needed a creative outlet, and since Sunriver didn’t have a community theater, it was the perfect fit! Since then Kristy has directed 15 of the 30 SSCT shows.
Despite all the fun being had rehearsing this zany production, safety protocols are in place and shows will be limited to 50 guests in order to adhere to mandates related to the pandemic. In addition, the Sept. 26 show will take place completely outdoors, and the others will be set up with generous distancing. In the event of cancellation due to COVID, a full refund will be offered. Otherwise, a minimum 24-hour advance notice will be required for a full refund.
Sept. 26, outdoors matinee only
3 pm showtime, doors 2:30pm
Badlands Bistro (Badlands Artisan Distillery)
51500 US 97 (across from the Highlander Motel)
La Pine, Oregon
Matinee: 3 pm, doors 2:30pm
Evening Show: 6 pm, doors 5:30pm
The DOOR, dinner by Marcello’s
56885 Enterprise Dr.
Approximate run time: 90 minutes