WHAT: Encore Theatre presents “Two Witches, No Waiting,” a spooky comedy by Pat Cook (2014), directed by Sandy Dempsey and produced by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing Company.

The production marks Encore Theatre's 30-year anniversary, and cake and punch will be served at intermission of each performance. Past and present members of the theater group also will be honored.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Oct. 13-14; 2 p.m. Sunday at Oct. 8.

WHERE: Powerhouse Theatre at Sermon Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15, $13 for seniors. Tickets for the Oct. 8 are buy one, get one free. There are special rates for groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.encoretheatreindepmo.org or by calling 816-325-7367.

WHAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT: Arlene Marcus and her eccentric sister Elzbeth are known far and wide in South Texas as friendly, charitable and a little bit eccentric. This is understandable, because it is also known that are witches. At least, that's the story, especially the one spread by their housekeeper Opal Dunn – just before she vanished without a trace. Sheriff Abercrombie seems a bit shy about investigating for some reason, which bothers Elzbeth because she has a crush on him. Arlene's son Jeremy tries to keep a lid on things by trying to get the sisters to sell their house. The desperate perspective buyer? His fiancé Kit's mother. As Jeremy tells the sisters, “Whatever Kit wants she gets.” Of course, she didn't reckon on dealing with people who read bumps on his head, a “recipe book” full of spells and potions and getting lost in Elzbeth's “mystery room.”

Jeremy already has his hands fulls, so what happens when he seems to be falling in love with new housekeeper Bonnie? And just who is she, and why does she keep making reports to someone over her cell phone? It's a heady brew of twists and turns, where barn owls spy on people through windows, closets fly open and even the house itself seems alive. Of course, it's all par for the course (from dramaticpublishing.com).


Character: Actor

Arlene Marcus: Pat Bounds

Elzbeth Marcus: Marissa Carter

Opal Dunn: Joyce Manning

Jeremy Marcus: Zeke Pedrino

Bonnie Webster: Dara Day

Sheriff Jeb Abercrombie: Kenny Kuhlman

Kit Sternwood: Arven Como

Ms. Sternwood: Becky Como

Lila Dunn: Carrie Joyce