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The Port Polson Players are proud to produce shows you probably won’t see in any other summer theatre. Currently running is the Montana Premiere of the Jones-Hope-Wooten comedy, “The Savannah Sipping Society,” now in its final week of production.

The show, playing through Aug. 25 at Polson’s live theatre on the lake, concerns four middle-aged women who find friendship after bombing out of a hot yoga class. Their adventures run the gamut of witty, wise, poignant and nostalgic, generously laced with humor.

“We gals had a ball getting this show up,” commented Karen Lewing, the play’s director. “It’s exactly what the playwrights told us to do.”

The reference is to a recent phone call from one of the play’s authors, Jesse Jones, who called from Chevy Chase, MD, wishing the cast well. “She thanked us for producing one the latest of twenty comedies she and fellow playwrights Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten have penned,” said Lewing. The players produced one of their earlier works, “The Dixie Swim Club,” in 2010, also a regional premiere.

“This team of writers has had their plays produced around the world and yet they took the time to give us a “good show” call in Polson. How special is that,” Lewing said.

The “Savannah Sipping Society” cast represents the Mission Valley. Cathy Gillhouse, Ronan Show Choir director for 40 years, has been with the Polson Players since 2001. Shelly Winebrenner, from rural Valley View, is a veteran of three-dozen PPP shows since 1986. Lewing, Montana Governor’s Arts Award recipient, is the Players artistic director. Guest artist Katie Farrell, in her second season, is executive secretary at Missoula Children’s Theatre after three seasons as an MCT tour actor.

Curtain for “The Savannah Sipping Society” is at 8 p.m. on Wednesdays through Saturdays with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. 

For reservations, call 406-883-9212 or find us at The show is produced by PPP in association with Mission Valley Friends of the Arts. This play is not recommended for young children.


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