With character names like Pop Sicles, Marsha Mellow and Etta Lotta Spumoni, you may get a bit hungry during the Bellrock School House Theatre’s production of “The Great Ice Cream Scheme!”
This is why they decided to turn the show into a dinner theatre.
The melodrama, written by Billy St. John, takes place in Pop Sicle’s Ice Cream Parlor in the early 1900s and tells the story of an older brother and sister who own the ice cream parlor and have the most incredible ice cream recipe.
“The show’s villain has decided that he has to get a copy of that recipe and turn it into a national business and high comedy ensues,” said Doug MacIntyre, the shows director.
There’s a little romance, a lot of laughs and some very corny lines that are just begging for the audience to react.
“In this particular play, audience participation is mandatory,” said MacIntyre.
The cast and crew are all volunteers and range in experience and in age, from 15 to 75.
“They are an amazing group of talented, excited and dedicated volunteers,” said MacIntyre of his cast and crew. “During rehearsals, we are rolling on the floor laughing at ourselves. We know the show and we’re still laughing.”
Dinner and desserts will be provided and served by Bellrock residents.
What kind of reaction does MacIntyre hope to hear from the audience after the show?
“The same thing [the audience] said the last time: ‘When is the next one?’ That, to me, has got to be the most incredible accolade,” said MacIntrye.
The show will be held at the Bellrock Community Hall and runs June 7, 8 and 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. There is also an ice cream matinee on June 16. Tickets for this show are $12.