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What happens when an image of the Virgin Mary appears on the side of a bar in


Tony Lane of Maumee wrote the
three-act play titled The Lucky
Lady based on his experiences
living in Luckey and his belief in
miracles. (Press photo by John
photo courtesy of Maumee Mirror

Luckey, Ohio?

For Tony Lane it means the making of a comedic story – with a message.

Although the event didn’t actually occur, Lane, who lived in Luckey for 17 years, took his idea and turned it into a three-act play titled The Luckey Lady, which will be performed next month at Maumee United Methodist Church.

“The purpose of the play is to show that God is everywhere,” Lane said.

The story takes place in a bar owned by Harvey Waltrip, who has a difficult time keeping employees, Lane said.

His attempt to spruce up the exterior with a much-needed paint job becomes an image spectators claim is the Virgin Mary.

While Harvey tries to discredit the claim because he finds it absurd, miracles begin to mount there.

“It’s funny,” said Rob Curtis, a church parishioner who plays the role of Harvey Waltrip. “The idea of miracles is hinted just enough times that the audience will get it. It stands out on it’s own.”

In order to stage the play, Lane constructed a bar at the front of the church sanctuary, something he admits seemed a bit scary.

“My pastor has told me that he believes in my story and insists that it be done in our sanctuary,” he said.

Dave Krewson, who plays Mayor Nelson, said the play pokes fun at a serious situation.

Rob Curtis as Harvey Waltrip, Kerry Clark as Vince
Tagart, and Ellie Baas as June Snyder. (Press photo
by John Pollock/www.pollock.smugmug/photo courtesy
of Maumee Mirror newspaper)
(from left) behind bar-Ellie Baas as June Snyder,
(wheelchair) , Tom Zellers,  Dave Krewson, and
Rob Curtis attempt to get through their lines
without breaking out in laughter during rehearsal 
for the  play titled The Luckey Lady which will be
performed Feb 12-13-14 at Maumee United
Methodist Church. (Press photo by John Pollock/
www.pollock.smugmug/photo courtesy of Maumee
Mirror newspaper)

Cast and crew members for The Luckey Lady include
(from left) Leslie Cooper, Ellie Baas, Karen Miley,
Kerry Clark, Tony Lane, Barb Lane, Rob Curtis,
Jessica Lane, Craig Cummings, Tony Zellers adn
Dave Krewson. (Press photo by John Pollock/
www.pollock.smugmug/photo courtesy of Maumee
Mirror newspaper)

“There’s a serious side that miracles do happen,” he said.

Lane, who spent more than a year writing the play, said that the characters are based on people he knew in Luckey, including the bar owner Harvey Waltrip, who is based on the owner of Pub 51 there, he said.

He also used real news stories – such as someone suddenly waking from a long coma – as a source for the miracles that happen in the play.

“Each of these things happened in parts of the world. I just moved them to one spot,” he said.

Lane cast fellow church members, who have been rehearsing three times a week since October.

“I gathered two dozen of the biggest goofballs in church and put them in the play,” he said, adding that practices entailed a lot of laughter.

“It’s hilarious,” said Ellie Baas, who plays bar maid June Snyder.

“I can’t get through it without laughing,” she said.

The Luckey Lady will be performed as part of a dinner theater production on Friday through Sunday, February 12-14 at the church, located at 405 Sackett St. in Maumee.

Dinner takes place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and the play begins at 7:15 p.m.

Tickets are $20.00 for dinner and the show, or $7.50 for dinner and $12.50 for the show.

Tickets are available after church services. For more information, contact Lane at

(Courtesy of the Maumee Mirror)





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