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The New Year brings a new show to the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre stage.

The hilarious play, “The Foreigner,” by Larry Shue opens Beef & Boards’ 2010 season. This award-winning comedy is live on stage now through Feb. 7.

In the play, Charlie Baker is a shy man. His buddy “Froggy” LaSueur convinces him they should vacation together. After they arrive at a rural fishing lodge, Charlie just wants to be left alone. Froggy devises a plan. He convinces Charlie to pretend to be a foreigner who doesn’t understand English.

But the plan backfires when other vacationers find it easy to open up to this exotic “foreigner.” As a result, Charlie learns many secrets and schemes. Compelled to do the right thing, he tries to help the potential victims involved. It all builds to a bizarre and unforgettable outcome for all.

Beef & Boards favorite Jeff Stockberger plays the lovable but awkward Charlie, with Ty Stover in the role of Froggy. Kate Braun plays Betty Meeks, the owner of the lodge. Another audience favorite, Sarah Hund, plays Catherine, who is engaged to the Rev. David, played by David Schmittou. Dan Scharbrough is conspirator Owen Musser, while David Purdy is in the role of Ellard Simms, Catherine’s younger brother.

Eddie Curry directs this season opener, which won two Outer Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production.

There are 36 performances of “The Foreigner” in the intimate space of Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre. Tickets range from $35 to $58, and include Chef Odell Ward’s specially prepared buffet.

For reservations, call the box office at (317) 872-9664 between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays.

For complete show schedule, visit www.beefandboards.com.

Dinner theatre presents

5 new shows in expanded season

Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre adds an eighth main stage show to its 2010 season with a lineup that includes five new productions to its stage. The season takes audiences from the Round Table to the church basement – and just about everywhere in between.

“The Foreigner” opens the season and is the first of five new productions in 2010.

Bursting onto the stage with a youthful spirit Feb. 11 is “Footloose,” an energetic stage version of the 1984 hit movie musical. With an Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, “Footloose” has the heart and music to get everybody on their feet. It will be on stage through March 21.

The Tony Award-winning classic “Hello, Dolly!” opens March 25. Based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” it’s the story of turn-of-the-century matchmaker Dolly Levi, who is filled with personality and plans of her own to marry the wealthy Horace Vandergelder – even if he doesn’t know it yet. This enduring classic is on stage through May 2.

Based on a true story and opening May 6, “Always…Patsy Cline” is about the singer’s friendship with a fan named Louise Seger, who continued a correspondence with Cline until her death. The show, complete with down home country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation, includes 27 of Patsy’s unforgettable hits. It runs through June 6.

It’s the Disney sensation for a whole new generation: “High School Musical” comes to life on stage on June 10. Visit East High School where Troy and Gabriella reunite after a chance meeting on their winter break. Although they have different interests, they share a talent for singing and decide to audition for their school musical. It almost costs them their friendships, but brings everyone together in the end. The hit movie comes to life on stage through July 18.

B&B has cooked up a great recipe for laughter with the debut of “Church Basement Ladies” July 22. Inspired by a best-selling book, this nondenominational musical comedy is dedicated to those stalwart ladies who volunteer to work in the church basement kitchen. The show follows four women as they prepare food, keep the pastor on due course and solve the problems of a rural church in 1964. It runs through Aug. 29.

The enchanted tale of “Camelot” unfolds on stage starting Sept. 2. Love, chivalry, magic and marital discord swirl around the Round Table in this musical about the lives of King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Merlin the Magician and Queen Guinevere. A winner of four Tony Awards, “Camelot” is on stage through Oct. 10.

Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” warms the heart in an early celebration of the holidays starting Oct. 14. In this stage version of the famous film, Broadway partners vacation at the Vermont ski resort of their former Army general. This theatrical treat is on stage through Nov. 21.

“A Beef & Boards Christmas 2010” wraps up the season. An original production that marks its 18th year, the spectacular extravaganza is an Indianapolis tradition. It’ll play Nov. 26 through Dec. 31.

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