Main Street troupe finds actors behaving badly to land some loot

Rick Grant-Coons, left, is Leo Clark and Skyler King plays Jack Gable in “Leading Ladies,” playing outside Jackson through July 20.

This year, Main Street Theatre Works (MSTW) celebrates 25 years of producing theater in Amador County.

“And this is our 16th year at the Kennedy Mine Amphitheatre in Jackson,” enthused a release. “We’re kicking off our 2019 summer season with the Ken Ludwig comedy ‘Leading Ladies,’ directed by Allen Pontes.”

“Located on the Kennedy Gold Mine property,” a release said, “patrons walk past an old tailing wheel (used when the mine was in operation), across a bridge, (and) onto a grass-covered, terraced bowl. There, the stage is set for picnicking and quality theater under the stars. You are truly sitting on a gold mine.”

“Leading Ladies” finds a pair of actors named Jack and Leo, played by Skyler King and Rick Grant-Coons, respectively, who are so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” at a Moose Lodge in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an elderly millionairess in nearby York, Penn., is about to die, they listen to more. They learn the woman is seeking her sister’s children, Max and Steve, to leave the bulk of her fortune to. The actors soon resolve to pass themselves off as the rich woman’s beloved relatives to get the cash. However, they soon find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces. Desperate times call for desperate measures, so who knows what Jack and Leo will do?

Also featured in the cast are Bethany Hidden, Kaitlin Richards, Earl Victorine, Maggie Upton, Scott Taylor and Eric Fawcett.

The play is performed at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the amphitheater off of North Main Street outside Jackson through July 20. The gates open at 6:30 p.m. so patrons can enjoy picnic dinners before each performance.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $17.50 for seniors and $12 for ages 18 and under at mstw.org, Hein and Co. Bookstore in Jackson or at the gate. There is also a Family Pack that includes two adult and two youth tickets for $54.

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