WARSAW — Fans of comedy, the community or just the local celebrities all have a reason to see Center Street Community Theatre’s new show this weekend. It’s the first show of its kind in Warsaw and it will only be on stage for one show. “Off the Wagon: A Night of Unpredictable Comedy,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the Wagon Wheel.
This unique performance was planned to show the area what Center Street Community Theatre has to offer and celebrate the three years that the community theatre has existed.
“The cool thing about community theatre is all of us are volunteers, we aren’t getting paid to do this,” said Madisson Heinl, one of the organizers of the showcase. “That means that passion for what we do is what drives us.”
The event will showcase a variety of talented Kosciusko County residents through sketch comedy, improvisation and more. The show will also feature special appearances from local members of the community including former star of ABC’s “The Bachelor” Ben Higgins, Mayor Joe Thallemer, Executive Director of the Kosciusko Community Foundation Suzie Light, and the Wagon Wheel’s own Mike Yocum.
Getting the local celebrities on board wasn’t as hard as it may sound. “Really all it took was an email saying, ‘you down for this?'” jokes Heinl. “Everyone was like, ‘yea, sure!’ That just reflects that the community has a lot of buy-in too with the Wagon Wheel and local community organizations.”
The show will be a mash-up of sketch comedy, similar to what might be seen on “Saturday Night Live,” improvisational comedy, and comedic games. The show will also feature a fully-improvised murder mystery and an original, community-themed opening song.
“I just think it’s generally exciting to do a community-themed event for the community,” said Eric Totheroh, one of the organizers of the showcase. “It’s just sort of a celebration of Warsaw and Kosciusko County.”
Currently, over 120 pre sale tickets have been sold. Heinl estimates that this is one of the biggest presale numbers a community theatre show has seen. With plenty of tickets left, the community theatre hopes to sell out the show. Tickets can be ordered online or at the door.
Guests are welcome to take photographs of the performance and join in on the fun by giving actors improv suggestions.