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Bonnie Kate Theater presents "Engaged" by W.S. Gilbert

Contributed • Feb 10, 2018 at 10:36 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Bonnie Kate Theater is offering a very appropriate but different way to celebrate the post Valentine’s Day period. The theater is presenting “Engaged,” a play written by W.S. Gilbert (of the classic team of Gilbert and Sullivan).

In this farce, Cheviot Hill, an upperclass Victorian Englishman, has a problem: every time he meets a woman, he cannot stop himself from proposing to her.

Cheviot soon finds himself engaged to three women, one of whom he might have actually married by accident. As if he doesn’t have enough to worry about, two of his friends develop a rivalry over a largåe amount of money connected to his marital status.

Full of zany characters, creative wordplay, and high-energy performances, this is a show sure to keep its audience engaged.

Daniel Banks, the production’s director, is an Elizabethton native and holds a degree in theater from Milligan College. As a professional actor and director, he has toured with the National Theatre for Children and performed in the historical drama “Unto These Hills.”

Banks is returning to Carter County to direct “Engaged” as part of the fundraising efforts to restore the theater, in downtown Elizabethton.

“ ‘ Engaged’ was a hit when it premiered in 1877, though it has been largely forgotten by modern audiences,” Banks said. “I hope to change that as we bring this show to life, just as we’re hoping to revive the wonderful, historical space that is the Bonnie Kate Theater.”

Performances will be on February 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the theater, 115 S. Sycamore St., Elizabethton. Tickets, which include dessert, will be $12 at the door and can be reserved by calling 423-895-1762. Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information, call Marcia Ross at 423-895-1762.

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