Just like the old Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movies, a bunch of Miami youth have decided to put on a play.
The Coleman Company Players will perform “Lucky Stiff,” a zany, offbeat murder mystery at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Coleman Theatre in downtown Miami.
“Three former Miami High School students who had participated in the school's plays are now working on college degrees as performers,” said Danny Dillon, the theater arts teacher and director at the school. “They're home this summer and said ‘Let's put on a show' just like in the old movies.”
Dillon suggested performing “Lucky Stiff” and, because of the dog theme in the play, incorporate animals up for adoption through the Animal Welfare Society.
He was inspired by how Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore promote an annual animal adopt-a-thon in New York City.
“Even though we are busy getting ready for Paws in the Park Saturday, a representative of the Animal Welfare Society will be on hand at each performance,” said Jean Eslick, Animal Welfare Society president. “I intend to bring a handful of smaller, more obedient animals to show the audience what we are working for.”
Proceeds from the show will be evenly divided between the Animal Welfare Society and the Coleman Theatre ballroom restoration project.
“We're grateful to Barbara Smith (manager of the Coleman Theatre) for her support of the project,” Dillon said. “She's known these kids and knows how well they can perform.”
The musical comedy is the tale of an unassuming English shoe salesman forced to take the taxidermedy corpse of his recently murdered Atlantic City uncle on a week-long vacation to Monte Carlo. Should the nephew succeed in doing everything according to schedule, he will inherit $6,000,000. If not, the money goes to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn.
“It's something along the lines of ‘Weekend with Bernie,'” Dillon said.
The audience needs to have a score card to keep track of the performers in “Lucky Stiff.”
One actor has five different roles.
The play, described as farcical, wanders from the United States to England to Monte Carlo and has a dead body as a major motivator.
Characters in “Lucky Stiff” will be played by Sallee Barger, Paula Darnell, Danny Dillon, Desiree Dillon, Amber Green, Keith Green, Kyle Grover, Brett Hecksher, Cole Longcrier, Phil McGeechie and Rhonda McMinn.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and $6 for children and groups. To purchase tickets or for more information about “Lucky Stiff,” call the Coleman Theatre at 540-2425, visit the website at colemantheatre.org, or stop by the box office window at 103 North Main in Miami.