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New Dawn Presents Charming Comedy

The play, based on the 1922 novel 'Enchanted April,' is set in a romantic seaside villa in sunny Italy.

New Dawn Theater in Duluth will present “Enchanted April, ” a charming comedy set in sunny Italy, on Feb. 21, 22, 23, 24, 28 and March 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10.

The curtain goes up at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Doors  open 30 minutes prior to curtain.

The play is being directed by Sherry Ingbritsen, president and artistic director of New Dawn Theatre. Matthew Barber wrote the play based on a 1922 novel by Elizabeth Von Arnim.

English housewives Lotty Wilton and Rose Arnott travel to Italy to escape unhappy marriages. They enlist Lady Caroline and Mrs. Graves to share expenses. “These four ladies couldn't be more different, yet so very similar,” Ingbritsen said.

The women stay at a private villa on the Italian seaside belonging to Antony Wilding overseen by his vivacious housekeeper Costanza. There the ladies get to know each other and find peace. Then husbands, Mellersh Wilton and Frederick Arnott, arrive to see just what their wives have been up to on their trip.

The play follows the Arnotts and the Wiltons as they try to rekindle romance. Lady Caroline and Mrs. Graves also face personal challenges. “Only the terraces of beautiful Italy hold the truth, “ Ingbritsen said.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens 51+ and children 15 and under. Season tickets, which include five productions and a special event, are available at $70 for adults, $55 for senior citizens and children.

“This is a fun, light hearted comedy approved for all ages,” Ingbritsen said.

The cast includes Ashley Jones, Sharon Cagle, Steven Miller, Doug Isbecque, Marla Krohn, Jay Croft, Karie Tucker and Theresa Kelly. Debbie Bush is stage manager. Chuck Mason is serving as assistant director.

To reserve tickets, visit http://www.newdawntheatercompany.com/ or call the box office at 678-887-5015. Discount $10 tickets may also be purchased from any cast or crew member.

New Dawn Theatre is located at 3087 Main St. in downtown Duluth.

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