WCCT to stage ‘Making God Laugh’

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City Community Theatre prepares for the first show of its 51st season with “Making God Laugh,” a play written by Sean Grennan.

“‘Making God Laugh’ is one of the funniest comedies currently trending in community theaters across the country,” said Loween Getter, the play’s director. “There is so much humor, truth, and emotion in the relationships between Dad and Mom and the three siblings who are all in their 20s at the top of the show. The audiences will be able to relate to some aspect of each character.”

“Making God Laugh” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, 11, 17 and 18, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 12 and 19.

“Making God Laugh” follows one typical American family over the course of 30 years’ worth of holidays.

Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children — a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star – all return home, where the audience learns of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives.

The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers, that despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.

The play spans over three decades. In the first scene, Dad and Mom welcome their three adult children home for Thanksgiving dinner in 1980. Ten years later, they are home for Christmas. The fears of Y2K are remembered when they gather for New Year’s Eve 2000.

The final scene finds the family gathered for Easter and contemplating what to do with Mom and Dad now that their age and failing health are issues.

Bill and Ruthie have raised a family of three. The breadwinner has spent his life working for the U. S. Postal Service and loving his wife and kids. Mom is bossy, authoritative, and controlling of all family members but deep down truly loves each one of them.

The older son, Richard, was a high school football standout who hasn’t had the spotlight shine on him since. A bit of an entrepreneur, Rick tries to be a hip ladies man driving the latest cars, and hoping to find his pot of gold through wise investments.

Daughter Maddie has moved to New York to pursue an acting career. As any aspiring actor, she supplements her income by teaching. She and brother Thomas have often teamed up against their older sibling.

Her strong will and dreams of stardom have resulted in a difficult relationship with her mother.

The baby of the family, Thomas, is studying for the priesthood. The “good” son grew up in a devout household and his career choice is very pleasing to his mother. As the years pass, his focus shifts and he pursues another calling.

“This play was on the Old Creamery Theatre’s 2017 season line-up,” Getter said. ”The title was intriguing, so I ordered the script. I found myself laughing out loud as I read it. Webster City Community Theatre perused it last spring at Readers Theatre. The very positive response from the reading resulted in us deciding to kick-off our 2017-2018 season with this poignant comedy.”

Tickets are $12. They can be purchased by calling (515) 832-4456, at www.wcctonline.org, or at the box office, 1001 Wilson Ave. The box office hours are weeknights 5 to 7 p.m., 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and one hour prior to showtime. All seats are reserved.