PCCA Archive

March 2007

"The Boardinghouse"
by Vern Harden


(from left) Front: Beth Altemus, Kathy Nelson and Charlotte Hoover
Middle: Mary Jane Santelli and Rachael Hubbard
Back: Dianne Anderson, Teri Thompson, Jason Smith, Dwayne Propst and Bruce Williams

Welcome to the Home Sweet Home Boardinghouse, where life is anything but normal. Miss Harriet (Mary Jane Santelli) runs a clean, cozy home with the help of the none-too-bright and perpetually terrified Tweenie (Rachael Hubbard), and is accompanied by as zany a cast of boarders as you are likely to meet.

There's Mr. Richards (Dwayne Propst), the poet who practices dying to spark his inspiration. Gladys Klotz (Dianne Anderson) is a taxidermist who has a direct line to the spirit world and prefers her men stuffed, while Martha Willis (Beth Altemus) has every imaginable illness, from leprosy to pneumonia to heart palpitations . . . and loves every minute of it.

Poor Hortense (Kathy Nelson) tries her best to keep up with Ivy (Charlotte Hoover) , a free spirited "artist" who enjoys painting people's faces, whether they want to be painted or not. Finally, the suave and mysterious Dirk Shadow (Jason Smith) and his sister Veronica (Teri Thompson) have just arrived on the scene to hunt for Captain Schnook's pirate treasure buried in the basement . . . or is it really just something left over from dinner?

Leave it to the clever and ever-vigilant Dr. Sni-fell (Bruce Williams) to unravel the mystery that will have audiences laughing from beginning to end.

Chris Roberson, a veteran actor, made his debut as a director. "Making the transition from actor to director has been challenging, but I'm really enjoying it. Of course, having a great cast has made it easier. It's a good show with lots of laughs and a show for the entire family."