What would you do for ten million dollars? Apparently the Savage family will do anything. Make plans to join them and witness their antics this fall for ACA’s comedy production, The Curious Savage, under the direction of new drama teacher Anna Stroud.

Rehearsals are already underway for the comedy, which takes place in a sanatorium. Mrs. Savage, who has been left ten million dollars by her late husband, has been placed there by her stepchildren. Mrs. Savage befriends five social misfits during her time in the sanatorium, all while her stepchildren fight for her fortune. The Curious Savage is filled with humor, suspense, and valuable life lessons learned.

“I love the way that the play wrestles with what we value most in life,” says director Ms. Stroud. “I think the humor is hysterical and charming, and I like the message that it leaves with the audience: to encourage people to let everyone be their true selves.”

Ms. Stroud has brought many additions to the theater department, but most importantly, a cast verse. For the first time ever at ACA, the cast voted on a class verse and decided on 1 John 2:15-17, which reads, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Senior Carlisle Patete, who plays the observant yet cynical Mrs. Paddy, loves the idea of a cast verse to rally around during the rehearsal process. “This is the first year that we’ve chose a cast verse,” says Patete, “I think it truly encapsulates the meaning of the show. It gives people a basis to look at the show through a Christian worldview.”

Tickets are available for The Curious Savage, which will take place October 19-21. Purchase your tickets online here.

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