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The Duncan Little Theatre will serve up a sweet treat as they present their first “Dessert Theatre” show in September.

According to a recent statement by The Duncan Little Theatre, they are cautiously preparing as they begin work on a small production this fall titled "The Secret of Charity Teach” also known as “’Tide’ to the Warf,” by Donald Mellen.

Auditions for the production are scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 and from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8 at the DLT office, located at 824 W. Main Street.

The play calls for a cast of four men and four women, ages 20 to 50. Beth Ann Hough will direct this production along with Producer, Cindy Mann.

“This is a pretty easy show to cast,” Hough said.

Auditions as well as rehearsals will keep with social distancing guidelines and mask wearing, as well as temperature checks upon arrival at Duncan Little Theatre.

According to a short synopsis about the production of "The Secret of Charity Teach,” the play classifies as a funny, traditional melodrama having the required elements — unattainable love, secrets, deception and trickery. 

The play includes pirates, an ancient buried treasure and loads of physical humor and hysterical sight gags. 

According to the DLT, their volunteers will proceed under the advisement of a medical doctor who serves on the DLT Board of Directors and guidelines set in place by national and state arts organizations.

Those auditioning should be aware this production will be flexible and rehearsals and performances will be held only if it is deemed safe to do so, DLT said in a statement.

Hough said this is “our smallest show that we usually do in our season and we always do it at the little Marlow Opera House.”

The Marlow Opera House is located at 100 N. 2nd Street, Marlow.

From the villain, to a damsel in distress, to the hero with the white hat who comes into save the town, describes the climatic peak to this production.

“Since it’s a very small venue there, we usually try to pick something that’s audience interactive,” Hough said. “They’re supposed to ‘boo’ when they see the villain and cheer when they see the hero, (be)cause it’s very obvious how the story is going to go.”

Masks are not required to attend the show but if patrons want to wear one, they can.

“We are going to try to socially distance as much as we can,” Hough said. “It is a small venue, so we’re going to seat families and groups together, and we will space the groups out.”

The show will take place on Sept. 11-12 and 18-19. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the production are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

As this is a Dessert Theatre, dessert will be offered at intermission. In light of COVID-19, dessert will be distributed out to the audience and individually wrapped.

For more information about the DLT, visit https://duncanlittletheatre.com/ or follow the Duncan Little Theatre on Facebook.

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