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New Hope-Solebury’s Mask and Zany club presents “Candide”



From left are: Lola Dardzinski, Ben Dupont, Isabella Mailer, Hope King and Phoebe Liucci.

Mask and Zany, the New Hope Solebury High School Theater Club, will present a stage adaptation of Voltaire’s “Candide,” a screwball version as interpreted by a fictional, low-budget community theater known as the Westphalia Community Players.

“This is a satire on a satire with lots of Bulgarian soldiers, Spanish Inquisitors, Anabaptists, South American revolutionaries, cannibals and talkative sheep. It’ll be fun,” said theater advisor Melanie Pittner.

The cast features Ben Dupont in the title role, Hope King as his beloved Cunegonde, Phoebe Liucci as Candide’s trusty servant, Daniel Scanlon as Dr. Pangloss, Lola Dardzinski as the saucy serving maid Paquette, and Grace Zander as The Old Woman with No Name and Only One Buttock, with another 20 or so cast members portraying everyone else, including the sheep, horses and monkeys.

The show will run Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 9 through 11. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. in the Stephen J. Buck Theater, 182 W. Bridge St., New Hope.

Discounted tickets can be reserved in advance for $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults by emailing mpittner@nhsd.org. Tickets are available at the door for $10 for students/seniors and $12 for adults. The show is rated PG-13.

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