CHS, StageWorks to present ‘The Curious Savage’ June 6, 7 and 8
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CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL students to present “The Curious Savage” at Cleveland Middle School on June 7, 8 and 9.
CLEVELAND HIGH SCHOOL students to present “The Curious Savage” at Cleveland Middle School on June 7, 8 and 9.
Cleveland High School, along with Stageworks of Cleveland, is bringing “The Curious Savage” back to the stage.

Four shows will be presented at Cleveland Middle School: June 6 at 7 p.m., June 7 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and June 8 at 2 p.m.

In the play, Mrs. Savage has been left $10 million by her husband and wants to make the best use of it, in spite of the efforts of her grown-up stepchildren to get their hands on it.

These latter, knowing the widow’s wealth is now in negotiable securities, and seeing they cannot get hold of it, commit her to a sanatorium, hoping to “bring her to her senses.”

Mrs. Savage is determined to establish a fund to help others realize their hopes and dreams. In the sanatorium she meets various social misfits, men and women who just cannot adjust themselves to life, people who need the help Mrs. Savage can provide.

In getting to know them, she realizes she will find happiness with them, and plans to spend the rest of her life as one of them. But when the doctor tells her there is no reason why she should remain, she hesitates to go out into a hard world where people seem ready to do anything for money.

The self-seeking stepchildren are driven to distraction by their vain efforts to browbeat Mrs. Savage, but she preserves her equanimity and leads them on a merry chase.

At last her friends conspire to get rid of her stepchildren, and through their simple belief in the justice of her cause, enable Mrs. Savage to carry out her plans.

The last scene, a farewell party, is a delightful fantasy where each “guest” in the sanatorium realizes at last some hopeless dream for something he was never able to realize. The dominant mood is high comedy, and the audience is left with a feeling that the neglected virtues of kindness and affection have not been entirely lost in a world that seems motivated at times only by greed and dishonesty.

The cast includes Aimee Barnett, Forrest Fuller, Logan Baggerly, Hannah Hicks, Meredith Markiewicz, Chauncey Whitlock, Nora Swindle, Megan Castleberry, Mark Smith, Madeline Fleming, and Andrew Markham. The play is directed by Don Markham and Michelle Castleberry.