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The Curious Savage returns to CCA

Kindness reigns as sanity is questioned in 1950s-vintage play
Ethel P. Savage (Brie Bevans, at left) meets the residents of The Cloisters Sanatorium (from left) Florence (Mikayla Tackaberry), Hannibal (Connor Crozier), Fairy May (Nicole Wichhart), Jeffrey (Cole Sherman) and Miss Paddy (Anna Laria) in Clear Creek Amana High School’s production of The Curious Savage. The play was performed Thursday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 11, in the Performing Arts Center in Tiffin. (photo by Chris Umscheid)

North Liberty Leader
TIFFIN — If hearing The Curious Savage was being presented on the Performing Arts Center stage at the Clear Creek Amana (CCA) High School in Tiffin sounded familiar, you can be rest assured you were no more crazy than the residents of The Cloisters Sanatorium. The sanatorium is the setting of the comedic play penned by John Parker and first performed in 1950. CCA’s drama department, then under the direction of Pete Huch, performed the play in 2010. Current director Tom Milligan did the show in the 1970s at a dinner theatre he worked at in Kansas City, and decided enough time had passed to bring it back to CCA.
“It has great characters for high school kids to work with,” Milligan said of the production, which centers on the recently widowed Ethel P. Savage, $10 million inheritance from her late husband, and the eccentric residents of the aforementioned sanatorium. Savage’s adult stepchildren commit her to the facility in the hopes of coercing her to divulge the location of the money (for them to have) rather than allow her to follow through with her plans to invest philanthropically.
The residents of The Cloisters, although battling their own troubles, rally to Savage’s cause in what becomes a battle of wits won through goodness and kindness over greed and dishonesty while the audience questions who is “sane” and who really ought to be committed.
The show ran Thursday, Nov. 9, through Saturday, Nov. 11.

Cast
Ethel P. Savage – Brie Bevans
Fairy May – Nicole Wichhart
Florence – Mikayla Tackaberry
Jeffrey – Cole Sherman
Hannibal – Connor Crozier
Miss Paddy – Anna Laria
Miss Willie – Laurel Preston
Dr. Emmett – Sophia Rocca
Lilly Belle Savage– Macayle DeVore
Senator Titus Savage – Fisher Williams
Sybil Savage – Susanna Zierle