WWVA kicks off full season with 'The Curious Savage'

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COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla Valley Academy will stage its fall dramatic production, "The Curious Savage," at 7 p.m. tonight and 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the WWVA auditorium, 300 S.W. Academy Way.

Tickets, sold at the door, are $7 for adults, $5 for children and students and $3 for WWVA students.

In the play, the wealthy Mrs. Savage angers her stepchildren by giving away the family money. The stepchildren commit her to an insane asylum, which is where the play takes place. At the home, she meets the eccentric and lovable residents, who become Mrs. Savage's allies against her stepchildren.

"It's funny and heartwarming," director Cliff Dolph said. "I don't want to give anything away, but there's one character, a resident in the home, who never talks except to say what she hates. Her relationship takes an interesting twist near the end. That's a special moment."

After a long hiatus from theater, Walla Walla Valley Academy is performing a full season, beginning with "The Curious Savage," followed by "The Body and the Wheel" for Easter and concluding with a one-act festival in late spring.

Katie Woolever, marketing and recruiting director, said, "Finally this year we have several staff members who are enthusiastic about drama and feel that having theater here at the school is a great outlet for creative, talented students who aren't necessarily into sports."

Dolph said, "I have some students who are in everything -- they do music and sports and student government. And then there are other students who you don't see much of. I really like how this play, or any play, brings those students together."

Staff members, like Dolph, who is an English teacher, volunteer their time to produce the performances. Woolever coaches the new improvisation group, which will present its first show 7 p.m. Sunday in the WWVA Recital Hall, located behind the auditorium.

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