‘Lucky Stiff’ closes Straw Hat season

The musical comedy “Lucky Stiff” closes the 2019 Straw Hat Theatre summer season.

The show was the first collaboration between Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, the duo responsible for the musicals “Ragtime,” “Seussical” and “Anastasia.”

It tells the story of a shoe salesman named Harry Witherspoon (played by Dane Gustafson), whose dull life is upturned with the shocking news that he stands to inherit a fortune if he can pass the body of his recently-deceased uncle off as alive on a wild trip to Monte Carlo. Complicating matters are a murder mystery, a stash of embezzled diamonds and an entanglement with Annabel Glick (Lilijana Branch), the director of a dog rescue that gets the windfall should Harry fail to honor his uncle’s request.

It is directed by Stephen Rhodes using a minimal set and limited props to tell the story. The musical director is Austin Blair.

“Lucky Stiff” will be staged 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Aug. 9 to 11 and 15 to 17 on the grounds of the Ashtabula Arts Center, 2928 W. 13th St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for students, senior citizens and military, and $11 for children ages 2 to 12 if purchased in advance online at ashtabulaartscen ter.org and by calling 440-964-3396. Tickets purchased the day of the performance are $17, $15 and $13.

Ticket buyers can get half-price tickets for this Sunday’s performance by donating items for the Ashtabula County Animal Protective League. Items being accepted for half-price night donation are wet and dry cat food, wet and dry dog food, kitten food, Cat-Sip milk alternative, cat and dog treats, kitty litter, puppy pads, cat and dog toys / Kkongs, smooth peanut butter, outside toys for dogs, Q-Tips, hydrogen peroxide, pens, legal-size envelopes, Magic Erasers, liquid laundry detergent, hand soap, dish soap, bleach, garbage bags, brooms and dust pans, scrub brushes, copy paper, stamps, desk / wall pamphlet holders and 25-foot exterior extension cords.

Drop off items and purchase advance sale half-price tickets at the arts center’s front desk or at the Straw Hat box office if purchasing at the door.

The AAC also will be hosting “Bellyrubs Over Broadway,” a meet-and-greet with some of the APL’s adoptable animals, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. All of the dogs and cats at the event will be ready to go home that day. Those interested in adoption can fill out an application either online at acapl.org or in person at the event.

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