FAIRBANKS — A family of legendary Sasquatches is on the run — and they’re all hiding out at the Hap Ryder Riverfront Theatre.
The family — Papa Badsass Sasquatch, Mama Gertie Sasquatch and siblings Galinda and Gary Sasquatch — sing and dance, too, as much as a cryptozoological clan can while avoiding two photographers determined to prove the family’s existence. Add in a clueless park ranger and a cadre of odd campers in the wilderness, and you have the makings of a mythical musical mystery.
The production is part of the annual Mystery Dinner Theatre Under the Big Top Tent, the only fundraising activity the Fairbanks Drama Association hosts each year. This year, the evening of food, fun and locally written and produced theater is July 8 on the theater grounds at 1852 Second Ave. This year marks the 17th mystery musical, performed by a cast of guest celebrity actors as well as theater veterans. The evening includes a silent auction and cocktail hour, a catered dinner and the performance. All the money raised goes back to support the theater’s programming and operating costs.
“Because this event is not only the most fun and exuberant party of the Fairbanks summer, it also generates funds so that we can continue to operate in service to the Interior Alaska community,” Managing Director Peggy Ferguson said.
Ferguson wrote the script in the style of Mel Brooks — “I just adore him,” she said — putting in plenty of farce and slapstick. Musician John Paul Kohler, a drama association veteran, wrote the…
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