Springwater Players deliver laughs with "Sundown Alley"
Film aficionados have seen the story of Norma Desmond in Sunset
Now, the Springwater Players are offering Estacada audiences the opportunity to see the story of Norma Desperate in Sundown Alley.
This reimagining of the film, written by Tim Kelly, takes place in a small western town called Lizard Gulch, where retired actress Norma (Peggy Hartwig) has spent 40 years planning her return to the stage with a 15-act retelling of Cinderella.
Norma owns the Desperate Rooms Hotel and allows out-of-work actors to stay there at no charge, but as a requirement they are required to applaud whenever she enters a room.
Normas world becomes further complicated when the seedy Sly Vester (Greg Jeppeson) tricks her into thinking hes a playwright who can put the finishing touches on her lengthy Cinderella play.
Director and grange master Tami Guttridge said she picked the play because of its comedic nature.
When Im reading through plays for us to do, I always ask, Wheres the first joke? she said. Weve never done anything serious before.
The group has enjoyed working on the play.
Our belief is that its about having fun, Tami Guttridge said. If youre not having fun, its time to move on.
Theyve been working on the play since January, focusing on everything from character development to costume design.
We find our own costumes and props, Tami Guttridge said. We all scavenge our houses for props.
The group accepts actors of all ages and skill level.
We take everybody we can find, Tami Guttridge said. We create parts and have extras if need be.
The grange has hosted a play since 1994. They typically present comedies; past plays include I Dont Have a Clue and Frankensteins Guest.
Every year, they also host a benefit performance for the Estacada Area Food Bank. They typically raise around $300 a year.
Jessie Jo Guttridge, who plays Sly Vesters partner in crime Delilah Desdemonda Dilly, says Sundown Alley will amuse audiences.
Its a blast, she said. Youll enjoy it.
Tami Guttridge agrees.
It is based on Sunset Boulevard, but its a lot less tragic.