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Hamer draws crowd into hotel room with actors

The intimate seating on the stage at Estacada Auditorium drew playgoers into the hotel room set for the Performing Arts Group of Estacada's performance of 'Room Service.'

The intimate seating on the stage at Estacada Auditorium drew playgoers into the hotel room set for the Performing Arts Group of Estacada's performance of 'Room Service.'

The curtain opened a foot in front of front-row audience members, to producer Gordon Miller (Joe Triska) talking about his upcoming play, 'Godspeed,' with aspiring actor and White Way Hotel waiter Sasha Smirnoff (Joe Cotter).

Estacada's Pete Hamer directed the 1937 Broadway comedy, written by John Murray and Allen Boretz. The entire action takes place in Miller's hotel room as he uses his brother-in-law, hotel manager Joseph Gribble (Eric Hyde), the director and writer of 'Godspeed' and other friends to continue his stay at the White Way without money.

Miller is promised money by an investor and turns the unknown-to-the-recipient stopped check over to hotel director Gregory Wagner (Ry Allred). Miller, his director Harry Binion (Kolieha Bush), his writer Leo Davis (Noah Cotter) and his assistant Faker Englund (Leon Cotter) have five days to stage their play before the unsuspecting Wagner discovers he's been had.

In the end, while the gang of moneyless play producers are being held captive in their hotel room, Godspeed becomes an instant hit, approved of by Senator Blake (Joe Cotter).

Hamer and his cast did an excellent job performing Room Service. A missed line, actors hiding laughs on stage, a woman playing a man and the smallest child in the company playing the blustering hotel director made Room Service a true piece of community performing arts.