by: COURTESY PHOTO - Meg, played by Dusti Arab, meets what she believes are her cousins Maxine and Stephanie, but are actually Shakespearean actors, Leo and Jack -- Alexander Johnson, left, and Zachary Centers.Theatre in the Grove’s newest production, “Leading Ladies,” opens this Friday, June 6.

Pruella Centers — known for “Cabaret” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” — is directing the show. The comedy follows two English Shakespearean actors, Jack — played by Zachary Centers — and Leo — played by Alex Johnston — who find themselves down on their luck. When they’re performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania, they hear an old lady in York, Pa., played by Janine Stassens, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews. The pair resolves to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash.

Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with Florence’s vivacious niece, Meg, played by Dusti Arab. Meg is engaged to the local minister — a good man but rather fussy and scatterbrained — played by Dan Harry. She knows there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets “Maxine and Stephanie” that she finally gets a taste of it.Florence, played by Jeanine Stassens, embraces who she thinks is her niece and heir, Stephanie. But Stephanie is actually Shakespearean actor Jack Gable, played by Zachary Centers.

Rounding out the cast is Fred Sherrill playing Doc, a crusty likeable country doctor. Jeananne Kelsey plays Audrey, a knockout who’s dating Butch, played by Evan Tait, Doc’s son.

The show runs through June 22. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for youths and seniors and are available online by visiting The box office is open 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and one hour prior to each performance.

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