It didn’t take Kay Gross long to get reacclimated to Augusta.
After living in the Northeast for about six years, she and her husband returned to Augusta in December, and she immediately auditioned for Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre’s upcoming production of The Last Romance, which opens Valentine’s Day.
“It’s a lovely, sweet show,” said Gross, who performed in The Last Romance a couple of years ago when she lived near Boston.
There are only four cast members in the show, which is about an elderly widower named Ralph, played by Michael Hamilton, who lives with his sister, played by Betty Walpert. On a trip to the dog park, he meets Carol, played by Gross, and falls in love. There’s also a young man played by Vaughan Duncan whose identity is revealed as the show progresses.
The last time Gross acted in the show she played the role of the sister.
Gross said she enjoyed having the opportunity to explore the other character, and she’s also glad to be able to work with both Steve and Betty Walpert again.
Steve Walpert is directing the show. Gross and the Walperts have done numerous shows together, and Gross taught dance at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, where Betty Walpert teaches drama.
Steve Walpert said he’s looking forward to this production.
“I really like this playwright,” he said. “He has a good sense of older characters. He also wrote Over the River and Through the Woods, which Kay was involved in (at dinner theater in 2002).”
The show has moments of humor, but there are also poignant ones, he said.
Although dinner theater usually opens on a Friday, the show opening has been moved up to a Wednesday to accommodate a Valentine’s Day crowd. Also, unique for the Feb. 14 performance will be a plated dinner rather than the usual buffet style that will be served for the rest of the show’s run.
The Last Romance will be presented Feb. 14, 16-17, 23-24 and March 2-3.
Tickets are $54 for the Feb. 14 show, and $28-$53 for all other performances. For reservations, call (706) 793-8552.