Dark Room Productions presents funny feline show, ‘Lovesick: The Cat Allergy Musical’

FLINT, Michigan — This ‘‘cat lady’ is just trying to find her ‘Mister Right,’ in this funny new show, focused on a girl, Serenity, and her feline friend, Lucky the Cat. Looking for love, Serenity takes to the dating apps, but if you ask Lucky, she’s too picky, and quite frankly, just too far gone. Dark Room Productions presents Lovesick: The Cat Allergy Musical from Sept. 15-17, and Sept. 22-24 at the Flint Local 432. 

The musical comedy was written by Pamela Holm and directed and composed by Jim Fourniadis. Erin Ohanneson of Dark Room Productions is the producer, costumer, and set designer. 

Fourniadis says the comedy show was first performed in San Francisco, California.
“The show is about a woman who is having difficulty navigating online dating. She’s down on her luck, and wants to blame her cat, who is played by someone in a gigantic catsuit.”

The opening lines of the show introduce audiences to the main characters: “Lucky is a cat, set in his ways. Serenity’s a girl, who longs for better days. Serenity wants love and doesn’t want to wait. Lucky is convinced that she is way too late.”

Audiences can commiserate with the ups and downs of digital dates, swiping right, and trying to make real-life connections via Wi-Fi connections. They join her on her good and bad dates and sing along to catchy humorous songs all while Lucky silently judges her every move, in between coughing up hairballs.

Fourniadis says besides navigating the current dating landscape, the show also focuses on more ‘pedestrian concerns.’ 

“The musical shows situations like having to deal with your cat, balancing out the ‘I like my cat, but sometimes the cat can be disgusting’ when you have to clean up the litter box or hairballs and things,” he says. “The main character is trying to get her life together, but she’s constantly reminded of all the things she has to deal with day to day.”

Shaena Poehner stars as Serenity and Enosh Fee as Lucky the Cat. 
The show is suitable for all ages, although adult scenarios are present, and mature audiences are recommended. Even if you consider yourself ‘a dog person,’ Ohanneson says the show has some laughs waiting for you, too. 

“I’ve been saying that both types of people will enjoy the show,” she says. 
Fourniadis says cat owners will commiserate with certain situations, adding to the laughs, and sighs. “Even though the cat can be a little bothersome sometimes, it’s still adorable and lovable,” he says. 

This show stars Shaena Poehner, Kari Gaines, Brian Powers, Todd Gilbert, Samantha Darlene, Rachel Bishop, George Marzonie, and Enosh Fee as Lucky the Cat. 

The program is sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council Share Art Genesee Grant Program, made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Enrichment Millage funds. 

Fourniadis and Ohanneson give thanks to the venue Flint Local 432 for their collaborative partnership. “We transform what’s usually an all-ages hall for bands to a live, black box theater,” Fourniadis says. 

The duo also enjoys seeing generations of former punk rock kids who are now grownups seeking out entertainment for their young families and making a stop at their former stomping grounds. 

Past Dark Room Productions shows include The Twilight Zone: Live Parody Show, Young Frankenstein, and The Shining: Live

'The Lovesick: Cat Allergy Musical' runs from Sept. 15-17 and Sept. 22-24 with Friday and Saturday shows at 7 p.m., and an additional Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available online, or at the door. 
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