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  • Sunrise Beach Little Theatre to debut local creation, "Ting Pao's Chinese Laundray"

  • Sunrise Beach Little Theatre will host the "world premiere" of a new play July 10.
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      What: "Ting Pao's Chinese Laundry" by Cheryl Glawe
      When: Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 and play at 7 on Thursday-Saturday, July 10, 11 and 12. Doors open at 1 p.m. wit...

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      If you go...

      What: "Ting Pao's Chinese Laundry" by Cheryl Glawe

      When: Doors open at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 and play at 7 on Thursday-Saturday, July 10, 11 and 12. Doors open at 1 p.m. with play at 2 for a dessert-only matinee performance Sunday, July 13.

      Dinner details: The dinner will be a Chinese buffet with food from HyVee. BYOB is allowed.

      Cost: $25 for dinner theatre and $15 for dessert matinee

      Location: Sunrise Beach Community Center, Hwy. 5

      Tickets: Call 573-480-5268 for reservations.

  • Sunrise Beach Little Theatre will host the "world premiere" of a new play July 10.
    The musical production running July 10-13 at the Sunrise Beach Community Center was written and composed by Cheryl Glawe. The Camden County resident is also directing her play besides playing a couple smaller roles.
    While Glawe has acted in and directed many plays for SBLT written by others, "Ting Pao's Chinese Laundry" is her first effort at writing a full-length play with music.
    The story line of the play follows three women in 1906 Chicago as they each try to figure out their way in a world dominated by men and practicalities out of their control. Oh, and along the way, the play includes the imagined invention of dry cleaning.
    There's Kate Clancy, who is an Irish girl who wants to marry and marry well, but gets involved in a love triangle that confuses things.
    Kate is friends with Sylvia Schwartz, a Polish Jew who wants nothing to do with marriage. Instead she dreams of opening her own business.
    While working together at the laundry owned by Ting Pao, the two women meet the third protagonist, Wu Ping, a Chinese immigrant who has come to America under tragic circumstances.
    The characters and their stories all speak to the immigrant experience in America, says Glawe. The story line was inspired by her interests in history and women's rights.
    She describes the play as uplifting but not without its low points for the characters and a little light-hearted humor. Members of the cast call it a dramatic comedy.
    An off and on "closet poet," Glawe says the idea to write a play snuck up on her over time after first getting involved with the SBLT in 1999.
    Dragged in to help with set painting by a friend, Glawe stayed involved long after the friend left. She eventually got into the acting side and then directing and has served on the board as well.
    Glawe enjoys the theatre for the "rush of being creative."
    "It's never the same show. It's ephemeral and bittersweet too because you invest all this time into a play and then it's done and you're on to the next one," she says.
    The kernel of inspiration to try to write something herself came from one-time SBLT member Addie Forbes, who was well-known on the Westside for her children's plays and skits.
    Glawe has since written a skit that was well received in a performance at Arts in the Park in Camdenton.
    But "Ting Pao's Chinese Laundry" has long been her baby. Glawe wrote the play five years ago to see if she could do it.
    Page 2 of 2 - While she originally started off with the simple plot of boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back, Glawe decided that was too simple and worked in other conflicts and story lines to give the play more tension.
    But since completing the play, Glawe says she never had the courage to write the score until about a year ago. Not a musician, she spent a year learning about and then composing the score through a computer program and music books.
    With the renovation of the Sunrise Beach Community Center kitchen, the board was looking for a cheap show to produce to raise money. A board member, Glawe brought up her play as there were no royalties to pay or books to buy.
    The rest of the board thought it was a great idea, and Glawe got busy working out the rest of the production details.
    "It's really been an ego trip for me," laughs Glawe. "I've sat on this egg for five years and it's finally starting to hatch.... It is a special thrill when something you created is out there for people to see."
     
    Cast of Characters
    Laila Thurman as Kate Clancy
    Toree Foulk as Sylvia Schwartz
    Todd Hanks as Sam Woodbury
    Amy Reiske as Shopkeeper
    Cheryl Glawe as Mrs. Woolburry and Percy Cavanaugh
    Josh Crane as Ting Pao
    Dalia Shamburg as Wu Ping
    Pam Lancaster as Master Chang
    Jossalyn Parsley as Fiddler
    Don Melke as Jewish Man and Jaio Chang
    Michelle Hoffpauir as Policeman
    Logan Foulk, Skyler Foulk, Jolene Shamburg and Priscella Hoffpauir as children in the park, ships
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