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The Chetco Pelican Players will be offering a Valentine's Day treat during February when it presents "Cupid and Psyche."

The show opens Friday, Feb. 3 and will be performed for three weekends at the Chetco Playhouse, 1240 Chetco Ave., Brookings. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. A special performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14.

"Cupid and Psyche" is a romantic comedy adapted from an ancient Greek myth that explores the double-edged sword of love and doubt.

Cupid, the God of Desire (Scotty Oka) is bored with life. He is summoned by his mother, Aphrodite (Mary Anne Trailor), to solve a problem for her. She is in a terrible rage because her followers are deserting her temple and are instead flocking to the human princess Psyche's (Daisy Carr) doorstep. This is causing her to age, which is very, very unacceptable to the Goddess of Love.

Aphrodite devises a plan to marry off Psyche to the most ugly, pestilent creature she can find, her servant Runt (Josiah Wise). She sends Cupid to shoot Psyche with one of his golden arrows in hopes that the first person Psyche sees will be Runt. The plan goes awry however, when Cupid falls in love with Psyche upon first glance, and cannot bring himself to make the shot.

For the first time in Cupid's life, he is faced with the concept of falling instantly in love with someone and does not know how to proceed. In desperation, Cupid consults his uncle, Apollo (Sean Farris), for advice. Apollo however is seeking personal revenge for an act long ago committed and devises a plan that will ultimately destroy the young couple.

Aphrodite soon finds out about the plan and tries to put a stop to the heartless game with a wager between the gods.

Completing the cast are the king (Dan McGlasson), who must reluctantly give his youngest daughter's hand in marriage, and her two jealous sisters, Maleen (Ariel Farris) and Kris (Mariah Wise), who most certainly do not have their sister's best interests at heart.

The production is directed by Karen de Lucca and Dan McGlasson. Special effects lighting and set design is by Ralph Dickey, Dan McGlasson, and Mike Moran. Greek costuming by Bj Farris.

Because of content, parental guidance is suggested for younger viewers.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students and are available at Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, and Wright's Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings, and New Wave Video in Harbor, and at the door. For reservations, call 541-469-1877.