By John Dalton-White
WICHITA - Local playwright Anne Welsbacher’s original play, Last Chance Liquor, will close out Signature Theatre’s 2016-2017 season. The play will be performed at the Wichita Scottish Rite Theatre, 332 E, 1st St., Aug. 18-19 at 8pm and Aug. 20 at 7pm.
“Signature Theatre for the past few years has expanded its genre of shows produced. For the longest time, we only produced children and youth theatre, but now we produce more diverse dramas, comedies, and musicals, as well as children’s theatre,” Deb Campbell, Artistic Director of Signature Theatre, said. “Signature Theatre is a civic theatre designed to bring performance opportunities to Wichita area amateur actors of all ages.”
Welsbacher is a magazine editor for a national nonprofit organization and has a background in music and theatre. Her plays have been produced in Minneapolis, Denver, and Wichita and she has published magazine articles and nonfiction books for children. The daughter of Dick and Betty Welsbacher, she and her husband live in Wichita with four cats and several fish.
Last Chance Liquor tells the story of Rayette Boulanger who has just arrived unannounced in the small, failing Kansas town she left decades ago. She believes she’s there to save the life of her mother. It takes every member of her family – the ones she cast aside and the ones she has yet to meet – to teach her that her journey to Last Chance Liquor will save not her mother’s life, but her own.
The play is under the direction of Dona Lancaster and the cast includes: Sarah Strole as Rayette, Kathryn McCoskey as Lily, Beth Wise as Alice, Larry Hartley as Ray, Dalton Smith as Steve and Jared Wise as Eddie.
Sydney Alder is stage manager and Bob Lancaster is set designer.
Tickets may be reserved by calling Select-a-Seat at 855-755-SEAT or may be purchased at the door. Ticket prices are $18, $14 and $10 with discounts for all students, military and seniors. l