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Claudia McFadden, portrayed by Fertisha Hall, informs Mr. Pippet, played by Lindell Smith, she will not be performing “that song” for the troops at the Palm Beach Royale Hotel during a dress rehearsal Thursday at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. (Brienne Green – Daily Press)

The Artesia Community Theatre will take audiences back to the golden era of grand hotels, star-studded entertainment for the troops, and diva discord when it presents “Suite Surrender” this week at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center.

“Suite Surrender,” farce by Michael McKeever, is set in 1942 at the Palm Beach Royale Hotel, which two of Hollywood’s biggest divas have descended upon — assistants, luggage, and a legendary feud with one another in tow.

Everything seems to be in order for their wartime performance… that is, until they are somehow assigned to the same suite. Mistaken identities, overblown egos, double entendres, and a lap dog named Mr. Boodles round out this hilarious riot of a love note to the classic farces of the ‘30s and ‘40s.

Cast members include newcomers and veterans alike – Fertisha Hall, Melanie Dippel, Maria Almanza, Alesa Anguiano, Ajaycia Warren, Becky Terpening, Lindell Smith, Andrew Anguiano and Nolan Winters.

The play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15-16 and 2 p.m. Sept. 17 at the OPAC. Tickets
are $15 for adults, $5 for students in grades K-12, and may be purchased from any cast member, at several businesses around town, or at the door. Tickets can also be purchased
online at brownpapertickets.com/event/3053379.