The flamboyant New Yorker, Mame Dennis, suddenly finds herself in the role of guardian to her orphaned nephew in the heartwarming musical “Mame.”

“Mame” is the latest addition to the Fun Club schedule. The show is a fun-loving musical which revolves around the eccentric and flamboyant New Yorker, Mame Dennis.

The Fun Club will attend the musical on Friday evening, May 10, at the Lincoln Community Playhouse. The cost is $72 which includes admission to the show, dinner at Valentino’s Grand Italian Buffet and transportation. The motorcoach will depart York at 4:15 p.m.

Those interested may call the Fun Club at 402-745-6477 weekday mornings or email us at Invoices will be sent about six weeks prior to the show.

The story

Patrick Dennis is orphaned at age 10 and his life undergoes a drastic change when he travels from Chicago to New York City to live with his Auntie Mame. He and his nanny expect to find a sweet gray-haired auntie baking a cherry pie. Instead, the two wander into a wild prohibition-era shindig starring his colorful aunt, Mame Dennis.

Auntie Mame is shocked but delighted to find herself in the role of guardian. She showers Patrick with love and includes him in her free-wheeling lifestyle. Mame introduces him to her artsy friends and teaches him to mix a martini. Mr. Babcock, the executor of her brother’s estate, is horrified and takes Patrick away to a boarding school so he could receive the conservative education his father had stipulated. Mame and Patrick are both heartbroken.

To make matters worse, Mame loses her fortune in the stock market crash of 1929 and is forced to go to work. She tries her hand at a number of jobs with comically disastrous results. She meets and marries a Southern aristocrat and they travel the world on an endless honeymoon until tragedy strikes. Meanwhile, Patrick is now in college and Mame discovers he has become a snob. She handles this and everything life throws at her with humor, style and her usual flair.

The music

The show is packed with Jerry Herman songs that highlight the positive attitude of the story. The featured song “Mame” is one of the most memorable title songs ever written.

Other notable tunes in this madcap adventure are the poignant “If He Walked Into My Life,” the catty duet “Bosom Buddies” sung by Mame and her best friend, and the vigorous “Open a New Window.” There’s also the wonderful holiday tune “We Need a Little Christmas.” The music alone is a great reason to see the show.

My Fair Lady

The Fun Club will attend another delightful musical production in Lincoln on Friday evening, April 12. “My Fair Lady” will be performed by the outstanding theatre group at Southwest High School and we have several spots available. The cost is $66 which includes transportation, dinner and the show. The motorcoach will depart York at 3:30 p.m.

Call the Fun Club at 402-745-6477 to add your name to the roster for “Mame” on May 10 or “My Fair Lady” on April 12. We know you’ll enjoy both of these lively musical productions.

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