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Potluck to feature radio play

Provided to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. Rehearsing for the radio play, "Will Virtue Pay," are, from left, Ruth E. Paine, Eleanor Cosmos, Vern Lee, Francine Garcia, Arline Gordon, Anne Manoff and Gloria Haworth.

Everyone is invited to a potluck with entertainment on March 3 to enjoy an intriguing original “radio” play with costumes. “Will Virtue Pay?” written by Elizabeth Means, has comedy and many surprises, as some of the characters find out whether or not they make it into heaven.

The event is at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. and the entertainment at 6:30 p.m.

The characters are: radio announcer – Mel Laub; narrator and Mrs. Meek- Eleanor Cosmos; Mrs. Carp – Francine Garcia; Mr. Meek – Vern Lee; Mrs. Good – Anne Manoff; Mr. Fox – Arline June Gordon; St. Peter – Ruth E. Paine; and Devil – Gloria Haworth. Pam Day, director of the Ageless Entertainers Variety Shows for 2004 and 2005, was photographer and consultant to this play.

Laub has appeared in many plays and was in a movie with several well-known actors. He was also in “Scrooge” at Harrah’s for several years, as well as being in the Ageless Entertainers Variety Show in 2005. Cosmos is appearing in her first acting role. Garcia acted in plays in junior high school and was in the Ageless Entertainers Variety Show in 2004 and 2005. Many of the songs she sang showed her acting talent. Lee acts out characters in his original poems as a “Cowboy Poet” as well as others he has composed. He appeared in Ageless Entertainers Variety Shows in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. He played the captain in Ageless Entertainers – Cruising Around the World last year. Manoff acted in plays in junior high school. She performed original monologues in all the Ageless Entertainers Variety Shows.

Paine became involved with reading theater for the first time in Reno six years ago. She took acting workshops through Elder College, a learning-in-retirement group sponsored by UNR, and later joined the Ageless Repertory Theater, where she performed many roles from that of a teenager spouting Walt Whitman to a dying matriarch in A.R. Gurney’s “Ancestral Voices.” Gloria Haworth acted in plays in the sixth grade and participated in a Thanksgiving musical.

Gordon studied drama in the Elizabeth Holloway School of the Theater in San Francisco at age 15-16. She played the second lead of the Southern belle, Lucy Belle Lee, in her senior play, “Ever Since Eve” in high school. As a young matron, she acted in a play, “Time Out For Ginger,” in the Community Theater. In 1964, she was an assistant director of a play on KCOP TV in Los Angeles. Gordon has co-directed and produced Ageless Entertainers Variety Shows for the past four years.

Anyone attending the potluck should bring a plate and utensils as well as a favorite food dish for six to eight people. You may wear green clothing if you wish as it is the month in which St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated. Members of Senior Citizens Inc. at the gathering can win a $25 door prize. Guests are welcome and everyone can win cash raffle prizes.

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