Sun Lakes group makes audience laugh with 'Sam Club'


Sun Lakes Community Theatre, a non-profit volunteer organization, performs live three times per year in Chandler. 

Audience members were recently treated to a riotous romp in the recent “Sam Club, Private Eye, in the Case of the Malted Falcon,” directed by Sandy Pallett.

Sam, the clueless but fervent PI was portrayed by Jim Janowski. Mary Vandergriff was flirty Velma Vavoomski, Sam’s addiction-laden assistant.

The Malted Falcon, stolen while en route to the museum, was the key to Robin Hawkins’s fortune. Mark Wenz played the outraged Robin.

Also affected by the robbery was TV chef and cookbook author Rachel Raven, played by Cindi Decker. Lew Crawford engineered his Casey Stourbridge character, the penniless heir to a railroad tycoon family.

Roger Edmonds was the fishy falconer, who constantly talked to the suspicious stuffed bird attached permanently to his forearm. Speaking of birds, Phyllis Novy was Abigale Nightingale, the somewhat-confused but very passionate bird advocate from Feathered Friends Freedom Foundation (FFFF).

Rounding out the cast was Roxy Banta as Miss Marbles, the famous mystery novelist, who kept the audience apprised of all the nefarious action throughout the play. In a walk-on part, Michael Carter was the museum security guard and Greg Posniack emceed the show from start to finish.

The next show will be “The Sweet Delilah Swim Club,” directed by Merrie Crawford. It will run July 18-22 in the San Tan Ballroom, Cottonwood, Sun Lakes.

Tickets will be sold for $20 per person. Online and in-person sales will begin at 10 a.m. on June 21st. Go to for more information.

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