Tickets for new HATS production on sale

Put him back to sleep – Tillie (Zoe Bourden) hitting Pan Handle Jake (Ken Curran) on the head with a tray at the wedding scene to stop him from waking up to realise that he has just married Tillie

Put him back to sleep – Tillie (Zoe Bourden) hitting Pan Handle Jake (Ken Curran) on the head with a tray at the wedding scene to stop him from waking up to realise that he has just married Tillie

By JULIE BERTRAND

Independent Reporter

Comedy fans will be quite satisfied at the end of March and beginning of April when the Heartland Arts Troupe Society (HATS) presents the Western farce “Desperate Ambrose” by Donald Payton.

The play will be staged at the Stettler Community Hall on March 30, 31 and April 1 and 2. It will be directed by Jane Shepherd and a cast of 14 actors will take part in the act.

“We have a great cast, with many good characters,” said Shepherd.

The play tells the story of Ambrose and Bert, two vaudeville comedians on their way to California. They get kicked off the train after a passenger steals their tickets and their money. After walking through the desert, they arrive in Dead Man’s Gulch, a rough town that gets a lot of action. Ambrose and Bert are then mistaken for Homer the Kid and Gun Smoke Carter, two gunslingers that were expected to come into town that day to quell the shooting. Bungling Ambrose does not live up to Homer the Kid’s reputation and gets things in a devastating mess.

“I wanted to do a Western farce,” said Shepherd.

“The play suited us. It is funny, even hysterical. It’s got a twisted sheriff, gunfighters and a heroine. It’s a good story”

The March 30 performance, starting at 6 p.m., will be preceded by a light cuisine service.

The March 31, April 1 and 2 performances, starting at 6:30 p.m. will be preceded by a full buffet service.

Tickets are on sale since Feb. 18 at Memories for Eternity on Main Street.