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Jane Bowman Jenkins to reprise Lucy Stickler role for hospital benefit

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CARTHAGE — Lucy Stickler has been an enduring character for local veteran thespian Jane Bowman Jenkins.

The character will come alive for her and audiences again at a fundraising dinner-theater next Friday at Belva’s Sahara Restaurant. The event will benefit the Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary.

Little Theatre of Watertown staged “Murderers” by Jeffrey Hatcher in the summer of 2008. The dark comedy consists of three comic monologues from killers who live at a Florida nursing home. Mrs. Jenkins played Lucy Stickler in the monologue “Margaret Faydle Comes to Town.”

The group premiered the show in Clayton, and a roving adjudicator for the Theatre Association of New York State honored Mrs. Jenkins with an outstanding acting award for that performance.

An encore of the show was then staged in Watertown that year.

Then, in January 2009, the troupe staged “Murderers” in Batavia for the Theatre Association of New York State Festival and Mrs. Jenkins received an outstanding performance award for the role.

Mrs. Jenkins, retired Jefferson County treasurer, in 2009 was selected to represent the United States (as Lucy Stickler) at the Festival International de Theatre de Mont Laurier in Mont Laurier, Quebec.

In the summer of 2010, she performed as Lucy professionally at the Bristol Valley Theatre in the Ontario County village of Naples.

She performed the role in January at a Star Lake benefit for the Wilderness Health Care Foundation that supports Clifton-Fine Hospital there.

Dramatists Play Services Inc., the licensing agency for “Murderers,” describes Lucy Stickler as the long-suffering wife of Bob, a septuagenarian who used to have a roving eye.

“Bob’s been on his best behavior for the past twenty years, but when Margaret Faydle, the still-glamorous femme fatale who stole him from Lucy when they were young, takes up residence at Riddle Key, Bob goes back into action,” according to the play’s synopsis. “So Lucy constructs a diabolical plan to get rid of her cheating spouse and his AARP inamorata once and for all.”

“She tells all of this in a humorous and sarcastic way and it does have a surprise ending,” Mrs. Jenkins said.

A 6 p.m. dinner precedes Friday’s show.

Mrs. Jenkins also will perform the 10-minute monologue, “French Fries,” from the play “Talking With...” by Jane Martin. In “French Fries,” Mrs. Jenkins plays a bag lady who extols the benefits of a fast food establishment.

“While I change costumes from the elegant Lucy to the bag lady in ‘French Fries,’ there will be some musical numbers,” Mrs. Jenkins said.

She said that musical accompaniment has yet to be finalized.

The Carthage native said it won’t be a problem keeping the two characters separate in her mind for the benefit show. She is known for her memorization skills.

“I guess I’m lucky I can do that,” she said.

But she is vexed by a returning dream:

“It’s where I have three scripts in my head and I can’t remember anything,” she said, laughing.

The details
WHAT: Dinner-theater to support Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary, featuring two one-act comedy performances by Jane Bowman Jenkins
WHEN/WHERE: Friday at Belva’s Sahara Restaurant, 39936 state Route 3, Carthage. Dinner is at 6 p.m., with show to follow. The meal is a full-course turkey dinner.
COST: $25. To make reservations, call Yolanda M. Skvorak at 493-2207.
OF NOTE: The event is sponsored by Slack Chemical Co. and Carthage Federal Savings and Loan.
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