Webster City Community Theatre's first production of the new year is the funny and heartwarming "Sleeping Indoors" by Jim Holt. Nora, Barbara Flowerday of Webster City, had already adopted five stray cats. Then one day, she brought home a kitten and the homeless man who had tended the chilled and wet feline. This shocks her publisher husband, Paul, Dean Evans of Alden, and amuses her libidinous sister, Nichole, Abby Sturtevant of Duncombe.
They soon discover that the homeless man, Dwain, Dale Arends of Belmond, has been keeping a journal of his adventures and it is a literary masterpiece. Fame, however, is not something Dwain wants to be a part of.
The playwright has granted his work royalty-free to theatres if they will help raise awareness of homelessness. Director Bill Greenley, assistant director Angela Rottering, and the cast have visited the Beacon of Hope in Fort Dodge to gain a better understanding. Representatives from the shelter will attend the production to share information about their organization and its mission.
In this rehearsal photo, Dale Arends, as Dwain, and Dean Evans, as Paul, discuss Dwain’s discomfort with sleeping indoors after years on the streets.
Patrons attending the show are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and paper products to the theatre to be donated to the Upper Des Moines Opportunity Food Pantry and the Trinity Lutheran Food Pantry.
Show dates are February 15 through 17 and 22 through 24. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.
All seats are reserved. Tickets are only $10 each and will go on sale Saturday. Box office hours are Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Tickets may also be available at the door one hour prior to each show. Stop by the box office at 1001 Willson Avenue in Webster City or call 515-832-4456. Reservations may also be made online at www.wcctonline.org