"The Last Sentinel"​ ©

​​"The Last Sentinel"©
©2019 by Denis J. LaComb 

"The Last Sentinel" was written by local playwright, Denis LaComb, who has also written several other shows produced by the Second Act Players.
 
The show will be directed by Charlotte Kodner
Questions? 
Please contact Charlotte at 612-670-1109

​​PERFORMANCES:
THURSDAY Aug. 15 at 7 pm
FRIDAY Aug. 16 at 7 pm
SATURDAY Aug. 17 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Tickets will be available starting in July at secondactplayers.com or at the RAAC Box Office at the Steeple Center starting July 29. 


  Rehearsal information:  
First read through will be held at first rehearsal, Monday, July 1. Rehearsals will typically be Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m.
 
Mandatory tech week dates:  
Saturday, August 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday
through Wednesday, August 12-14, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
 
Mandatory performance dates:   
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening 7 p.m.,

August 15-17-with Saturday matinee, August 17.
 
Summary of the Show:
Story Synopsis:  Four women in a nursing home agree to support one another as the end of their lives appears closer. A mysterious woman (the Scooter Lady) offers them wisdom and advice for the hereafter.

 
​​CAST Info 
 
Major roles                              
     6 ensemble cast members (5 women & 1 man)
Secondary roles                       
     3 ancillary roles  Candy Striper & two nurses
Gospel Choir     
     5 individuals (The Angels)
Walk-ons  
     5 patrons in dining area,
     several extras can have multiple roles
Ancillary Musicians  
     Dependent upon availability
 
Ages of participants  
The six ensemble members are 60 – 70 years of age
(with some latitude here). Other ages may vary.
 
All four of the main characters are women in their later years, not age specific. They are in an assisted-living facility. They are all widows and feel very much alone. None of them are willing to address their pending demise. Angela decides that if they band together as newfound friends, they will be able to face the end better than being alone.
 
Angela
She is the initial organizer of the group and the one who sees where these women are heading if they don’t make more friends. She isn’t afraid of Ethel and pushes the women as much because she is fearful of death and she wants to have friends around her when she finally passes on. She believes that if these women band together, they won’t be alone at the end of their lives.
 
Ethel
On the surface, she is the most sarcastic and negative of the group. She is among other things a card shark – any kind of card game or betting opportunity. She keeps drawing the residents into games and taking all their money, men especially. She freely gives advice and makes comments to everyone. She seems to have a very negative view of life. She is especially irritated with Rose and her ‘rose colored view’ of life.
 

Beth
She isn’t afraid to stand up to Ethel, not only because she is religious and Ethel is an atheist but she can see Ethel as a very flawed person. She is always defending Rose against remarks made by Ethel. She is the straight person to Ethel’s quips. She believes Angela is right about their need to band together as newfound friends.

Rose
She is always looking for a religious angle to get herself to heaven. She is trying to convert others to her faith. She has led her entire life in a religious environment and never once questioned her faith.  Now her goal at the end of her life is to earn her 'angel's wings' and assure herself a place in heaven. She can be obnoxious and sincere at the same time.

The Scooter Lady
She rides a mobility scooter and talks in quotes and phrases that sound like preaching and/or sharing advice. She is calm and very self-assured. She wears colorful spring dresses and always has a large bonnet that covers most of her face. No one can clearly see what she looks like. There is no indication of where she came from or whether she is a resident of the living facility or not. It is hinted that she might be an angel but no reference is ever made to that possibility.

Candy Striper
Teenager who is very perky. Some, like Ethel, see her as totally obnoxious. SHe is well-meaning and always trying to help everyone. She can be an eager beaver, over the top in getting into everyone's face. Ethel is the one who calls her out on it. Rose thinks she is sweet and well-intentioned. The candy stripers can see through Ethel's facade and isn't afraid to trade quips back and forth.with Ethel.

Sylvester (Syl)
An elderly gentleman who is very lonely and looking for companionship. He sees in Ethel a strong independent woman who is also (he suspects) vulnerable and lonely like himself.  He isn't afraid to stand up to Ethel.
 
Director:  Charlotte Kodner

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 Charlotte has been a member of the Rosemount Area Arts Council and the Second Act Players (SAP) since their inception. She currently acts as co-Artistic Director for both groups.
 
Charlotte brings a wealth of experience to the position. In 2018, she directed the very successful SAP production of “What Really Happened at St. Anthony’s?” She has taught a number of classes for SAP, including Acting, Choreography and Improv. At the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin, Charlotte served as the director, one of the choreographers, writer, emcee, and dancer for the production “DanceEmotion.”  She has directed several shows for Mr. Mystery Productions, LLC; served as the choreographer for a 10-year period for most of the St. Croix Valley Summer Theater productions; and held the position of Managing Director for two of the Dixon Dance Studios in Indianapolis, Indiana.