Footlighters hosting spring show in St. Marys

Photo submitted - The cast of the Footlighters of Elk County are preparing for their upcoming comedy show "Moon Over Buffalo." Shown in the front row, from left to right are Mike Nappe, Carole Zendri and Mike Ames. In the back row are Mike Miraglia, Mollie Anzinger, Katie Makufka, Karen Carr and David Carr.
Amy Cherry
Staff Writer

The Footlighters of Elk County are looking forward to bringing some laughs to audiences as they prepare for their upcoming spring show "Moon Over Buffalo."
The group is in final rehearsals for the madcap comedy taking place March 9, 10, 15, and 16 at The Highlands in St. Marys. Showtimes are at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on March 11.
“I often say that I believe The Footlighters do a terrific job with their productions and that if you give us a chance, you will definitely be entertained,” said Mike Ames, director. “I think that if you make this your first show, you will be hooked and see every one of them in the future. There’s just something special about seeing people you know showing a talent you may not have known they have.”
The show's storyline centers around George and Charlotte Hay, a husband-and-wife team of fading stars in the 1950s running a theatre company, where they are struggling to perform two shows while dealing with family crises and the possibility of a Hollywood director's visit.
For this show Ames is joined by Katie Makufka as assistant director.
Makufka describes the show as a mix of “The Carol Burnett Show,” “I Love Lucy” and a little “Three Stooges.”
“Overall I think this is going to be one of our best productions yet. It's a really funny show that reminds you of the great comedies of the past,” Makufka said.
As a newer member of the group, Makufka started out as an assistant director and wardrobe supervisor, but soon found herself on stage as well playing the role of Charlotte Hay alongside Ames' character, George Hay.
“This cast is a great mix of veteran Footlighters and some newcomers to community theater,” Ames said.