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Awkward exchanges make ‘Lucky Me’ a can’t miss show

June 21, 2017 GMT

SCOTTSBLUFF — Theatre West’s second show of the summer opens Thursday night, and audience members have a chance to take one of the cast home with them.

“Lucky Me,” stars Sara Fine (played by LA-based actor Melanie Cruz), her father Leo Fine, (played by Byron Allen of Scottsbluff), and her new neighbor, TSA agent Tom (played by Will Thomas, also of Scottsbluff) along with the Ukrainian landlord Yuri (played by Aaron Bahmer of Lingle, Wyoming).

“At the beginning of the play, I fall off the roof and Tom finds me and takes me to the emergency room where I get a boot and crutches,” Cruz said.

Despite the trouble that seems to follow her, Sara and Tom slowly and awkwardly start to fall in love, and their romance limps along, much to Leo’s chagrin. Leo has gone blind and is probably senile, but that doesn’t stop him from imparting wisdom on the budding relationship and hurling plenty of hilarious abuse Tom’s way.

“It’s a witty play and it’s a lot of fun,” Director James Alexander Bond said. “But at its core you have someone who is unlucky in life, perhaps as a result of choices she made, and the universe has kind of ganged up on her and her father, and those things have to get set right before the universe will give its blessing to a romantic union.”

Bond said that the universe chooses to manifest itself in many ways — light bulbs explode, leaks happen at the wrong time; fish die and cats run away.

“Nothing goes well for this woman, who would like to be in a relationship with this rather unusual man,” Bond said. “But she’s aware of her track record, and struggles to figure out how to fix the problems of the universe so they can move on together.”

As part of Cat Adoption Month, Panhandle Humane Society will be furnishing a feline actor each night for a brief cameo in the performance, which will then be up for adoption after each showing.

“The actors who deal with the cat on stage and I have gone to the Humane Society and held ‘cat auditions,’” Bond said. “They are all beautiful, really chill cats, and we hope that people will take them home with them.”

Lauren Brock from Panhandle Human Society said that cat adoptions are just $25, all cats are spayed and neutered and are current on vaccinations and will be chipped before going on to their new home.

But if star-power isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other cats to pick from. To find out more about cat adoptions visit the Panhandle Human Society at 126 S Beltline Hwy W, in Scottsbluff, or call (308) 635-0922.

“Lucky Me” opens Thursday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the WNCC Theatre, and will enjoy a seven-night run on the stage on June 23 through 24, and June 28 through July 1, with a matinée at 2 p.m. on Saturday June 24.

Tickets are $48 for families, $20 for adults, $19 for seniors, $12 for juniors, and $8 for students.

They are available at the Theatre West Summer Box Office at 1601 East 27th St., between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and one hour before the performance. They can also be purchased online at www.theatrewestnebraska.com or by calling 308-635-6193.