Desert Arts to serve up 3-course dinner theater

<p>Sponsored by Desert Arts Council, "Adventures on the Western Stage," a fast-paced comedy by the Vigilante Theatre Company, will provide an evening of food and entertainment.</p>

A fast-paced comedy set on the western vaudeville stage in the early days of the 20th century promises to provide an evening of fun. Sponsored by the Desert Arts Council, the event will feature food and entertainment during a dinner theater production.

The event is Saturday, beginning with no-host cocktails at 6 p.m. at the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395. A sit-down meal, catered by Pudding on the Ritz, will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the performance will begin about 7:30 p.m. The three-course meal, including a vegetarian alternative, will be served up by Hermiston High School music students. Tickets are $45 each and should be reserved by calling 541-567-6151.

The brother-sister act of Winston and Vidalia Grumble find themselves in a heap of trouble one night when all the other acts on the bill suddenly turn up missing or, for various reasons, are unable to go on. The duo rely on their quick wits, instincts and years of stage experience to perform all the acts themselves. The Grumbles sing, they dance, tell jokes, juggle, do ventriloquism and even read minds as they go to heroic lengths to ensure that the show goes on.

Karen Bounds and Margaret Saylor, event chairs, will be assisted by the entire Desert Arts Council board to transform the community center into a setting for fine dining and engaging theater. Tables will be set with linen cloths and napkins, and dining is by candlelight.

“I personally love live theater, and I am looking forward to the dinner theater,” said Mary Corp, the council’s vice president. “It will be a fast-paced comedy with a western flair — or more likely farce.”

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