After closing their 2018-19 season with a dog-centered show, Community Players is opening launching their new season with the lovable but catastrophic Great Dane known as “Pinkerton!!!”
Based on the children’s book series by Steven Kellogg, the show follows Pinkerton’s adventures including destroying a grand piano, toppling dinosaur skeletons and affectionately licking burglars.
“What he lacks in smarts he makes up for in heart, for sure,” Tyler Rinne, Community Player’s associate artistic director, said.
Attempting to rein in Pinkerton is his owner, Emily, and her family.
Cecily Wiedel said it’s been fun to play a little kid for her first main theater role.
“She’s always been responsible, but she’s just never grown much,” Wiedel said. “So when the ending comes around, she’s just so confident with Pinkerton.”
The four-legged canine is performed by Fischer Ensz, and it is also his first main role.
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While not his first time in a dog costume – he previously dressed as Toto from “The Wizard of Oz” – Ensz said it’s been tiring playing the energetic, distractive pup.
The 42 children cast in the show come from Beatrice, Blue Springs, DeWitt, Filley, Wilber, Wymore and other surrounding areas.
Rinne said the show was chosen because of its energy and diversity in roles.
Children are playing penguins, football players, and dinosaurs for example, with several of them having the added challenge of playing multiple roles.
The show runs July 18-20 at 7:30 p.m., and July 21 at 2 p.m.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for students, and can be reserved at the box office, located at 412 Ella St., online at www.beatricecommunityplayers.com or by calling 402-228-1801.