After young Patrick Dennis’s parents die, his nanny, Agnes Gooch, brings him to live with his last remaining living relative, his Aunt Mame. To Agnes’s shock, Mame is a wild, party animal. Nevertheless, she is a kind woman and she and Patrick hit it off immediately. Things are basically going well until the stock market crashes, and Mame loses her money. Eventually, after a series of odd jobs, Mame marries a rich man. After her new husband, Beau Burnside, dies, Mame is once again wealthy. This time, however, she spends her money on forming the Burnside Memorial Home for Single Mothers.
Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis and the play “Auntie Mame” by Lawrence and Lee
The 1982-1983 season marked Community Player’s 60th anniversary. It was titled “A Gem of a Season.” In response to audience requests, Players announced three musicals and one mystery. The first show of the season, “Mame” opened later than usual in order to allow time to complete renovation of the restrooms as well as to give a “face-lift” to the rest of the building. Also a second area of the building was dedicated in honor of a long-time volunteer. The new box office was built as a tribute to Mrs. Adele Litt for her many years as box office chairperson. The project was financed by H. Dean Litt and family in memory of Adele. “Mame” saw the return of Players stage veterans Ruthann Stevens as Mame and Dee Damkoehler as Mame’s best friend, Vera Charles. This production was Jerry Giesler’s first directing job for Community Players. Costumes were designed (for the first time) by Eddy (Stalter) Arteman.