Community playhouse makes debut

The Coon Rapids Community Players, a new community theater group, is presenting its first production at the Coon Rapids Civic Center, 11155 Robinson Dr. NW.

The 1930s tap-dancing musical comedy “Dames at Sea” is being staged through Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays with 2 p.m. matinees Saturdays and Sundays.

The show is about Ruby (Elizabeth Miske) who leaves her small town home in Utah to go to New York and make it big on Broadway. She shows up at a 42nd Street theater and is cast in the chorus by the director Hennesey (Daniel “Stitch” Mohr).

She instantly falls in love with Dick (Maurice Manton IV), a sailor, who wants to be a Broadway songwriter. The resident temperamental diva Mona Kent (Penny Dale) has also set her eyes on Dick and won’t have a chorus girl steal her spotlight.

Joan (Jessica Halverson), a wisecracking chorus girl, renews her romance with Dick’s best friend Lucky (Anthony Tallarico), another sailor, just in time to move their show “Dames at Sea” onto the battleship in New York City Harbor due to the theater being torn down.

All the group needs to do is convince The Captain (also played by Mohr) to use his battleship as the stage.

The show is directed by Coon Rapids resident Mike Ausmus with music direction by Karen Hillmann. Shawn McWhorter and Angela Cain are the choreographers.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at or at the door using cash or check.

There is limited seating, so advanced purchasing is recommended.

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