Here’s lookin’ at you Cast-ablanca

Posted: Tuesday, February 21, 2006


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  Tatiana Butler and Josh Ball do a skit at Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Riverside House.

Here's lookin' at you Cast-ablanca

Joe Rizzo, Soldotna High School graduate, Nikiski High School teacher, and president of the Triumvirate Theatre recently addressed the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce to update them on the activities of his new theatre group, with facilities located in the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. “I have learned that Cultural activities are good for local business,” said Rizzo who is joining forces with The Riverside House in Soldotna to present an evening of great food, hilarious theatre, and fabulous art with “Cast-ablanca,” a spoof, set on the Kenai Peninsula

Describing the setting Rizzo says, “It is a time of conflict. The feds and the state grapple for control of the bountiful fishing industry in Alaska. An uneasy truce exists on the Peninsula, and at Rick’s Cafe, sworn enemies school around each other, looking for any advantage, all under the watchful eye of Rick himself. When two snagging permits, unquestionable and signed by Uncle Frank Murkowski himself, are stolen, it looks like things are going to get a little exciting. And then she walks in,” said Rizzo.


Tatiana Butler and Josh Ball do a skit at Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Riverside House.

In making his case for local talent in his company, Rizzo introduced Tatiana Butler and Josh Ball who performed a delightful skit about the trials of young love and generated a generous round of laughter and applause from Chamber members.

Cast-ablanca will be performed one night only, February 25th, at 6:00 PM, at The Riverside House in Soldotna. “Come join us for dinner, and stay after the show for the Triumvirate’s First Annual Art Auction to benefit the theatre and our goals of providing performing and fine arts opportunities and education to children and adults alike on the Peninsula,” said Rizzo. Dinner will feature a prime rib plat, with other options available, including a fried chicken, fettuccini Alfredo, or deep fried halibut. For reservations contact the Riverside House, 262-0500.

According to Rizzo the auction will feature the works of artists Jim Evenson, Pam Mersch, William Heath, Tim Oliver, Amon Genty, Chris Jenness, Kathy Zerbe, Jerry & Suzette Baty, Merry Zumwalt, and more. The items to be auctioned will be on display at the Triumvirate Bookstore/Gallery in the Peninsula Center Mall during the month of February, and will be offer for auction after the show. For further details or to donate to the auction contact Chris Jenness at 776-8669 or e-mail him at

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