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The Annual CTCC Holiday Party

Young Frankenstein

Posted on 03/06/2014 by jlgrnbrg



Our Club had a great time going to the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook on Sunday, January 26th. It was a cold overcast winter day, but thankfully, no snow. What else would a day in the Chicagoland area be at the end of January? To uplift our spirits, it was the perfect day to venture out and be with our fellow Thunderbird friends.

We were anxious to start out the late morning with a Bloody Mary, but regrettably, the bar wouldn't be open until noon not to fear, after a little discussion with management, they opened the bar early for us and we all enjoyed the libations.

We were ready for the ensuing lunch and were seated in a private area of their dining room. The crystal chandeliers that abound throughout were as awesome as the sparkling white linen on the tables. Lunch was served starting out with a crispy garden salad, along with warm rolls and butter.

The entrees were a choice of Chicken Marsala, Roast Beef with Mushroom Gravy, and Salmon Filet with a Lernon Sauce. All were joined by herb roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables. Carrot cake was served for dessert, along with coffee.

After lunch we found our way into the theatre, which was only steps away. The theatre is a world class, proscenium style, sound-perfect auditorium that seats around 900 and really not a bad seat in the house! The writer here, seated in the handicapped section that was the last row, had a great view of the stage!

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a funny story and the re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece; it was hailed by the American Film Institute as one of the funniest movies of all time. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork, and bring a corpse to life together with his hunchback, but endearing helper Igor, and his curvaceous lab assistant Inga. Dr. Frankenstein succeeds in creating a monster, but not without scary and quite often hilarious complications. This play had us all laughing for two hours straight. It was an enjoyable afternoon for all of us, and a nice break from the winter doldrums.

Those who attended were: Gail Hascek, Lorry and Karen Kelly, Len and Mary Keil, Pete and Marylu Kramer, Steve and Allison Kramer, Ed Levin and Rose Kovalenko, Jerry and Doreen Michna, Gary and Debbie Smithe, Ken and Kathy Smizinski, Len and Irene Vinyard, Bob and Sue Wenderski, Liz and Bill Werth, Tom and Alice Wolfe.

 - Pete and Marylu Kramer


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