‘Holy Cannoli’ opens Friday in Harbor

By The Curry Coastal Pilot February 01, 2013 08:48 pm

What does a person do to prepare for a visit from her parents? Plenty, when that person is Maria,  the daughter of strict Italian Catholics who expect to meet her female roommate, who is actually a guy. 

This is the plot of the Brookings Harbor Community Theater production of “Holy Cannoli,” set to open at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at the Harbor Performing Arts Center, 97900 Shopping Center Ave. 

As the story continues, John was hoping to celebrate his and Maria’s two-year anniversary as housemates by proposing to her. Instead he finds himself as “Suzanne” wearing a dress and trying to cope with Maria’s cranky father, her overbearing mother and her wild younger sister. Then there’s Maria’s old childhood friend who tries to make his move on Maria as well as “Suzanne.” 

“I am having the time of my life playing Nicolette,” comments Dori Blodgett. “It has been two years since I have been on stage and I am having a ball. Nicolette is so much like a relative of mine from New York. It was easy to bring her to life. I love having the freedom to move about on stage, learn lines and become this crazy, arm waving, mother character; this is so much fun!”  

The cast includes Mariah Wise as Maria, Steven Nagel as John, Evan Wise as Sal, Blodgett as Nicolette, Nadine Pizzi as Angela, Josiah Wise as Vincent and Kevin Sumner as Anthony.

Directed by Colleen Harrison, “Holy Cannoli” will offer a Champagne and Dessert Gala opening night. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

Additional show dates are Feb. 9, 10, 15, 16, and 17. The curtain rises on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m.

“Holy Cannoli” is rated PG 13 for mild, romantic comedy situations. Tickets are available at Wright’s Custom Framing and Art Supplies in Brookings and at New Wave Video in Harbor. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $7 for students. Call 541-469-4700 for more information or to make reservations.