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Alligators will invade Grace Christian Academy this month.
The students of GCA will perform Kyle Crichton’s hilarious and random comedy “The Happiest Millionaire.”
The comedy is filled with random outbursts, pet alligators, retired boxers and forbidden love.
The play was suggested by the book “My Philadelphia Father,” which tells the true story of Anthony J. Drexle Biddle who was once called “boxing’s greatest amateur.”
After the book was published, Crichton turned the book into a play.
In 1967, Walt Disney produced a musical based on Crichton’s play.
Fred MacMurray played the egotistical boxer in Disney’s production.
The musical was the last film Disney was involved in. He died during production.
“The Happiest Millionaire” follows the life of Anthony J. Drexle Biddle after his retirement.
Life after retirement may seem unadventurous to some but not for the retired boxer.
Biddle’s daily life consists of trapping alligators, boxing his sons and daughter, spending his $1 million and dancing with his lovely wife.
However, his life of bliss comes to an abrupt halt when his daughter, Cordelia, announces that she will marry the heir of the founder of Duke University.
Upon their marriage, Cordelia and her husband plan on leaving Philadelphia and move all the way to Detroit.
Will Biddle’s life of bliss change for the worse?
Performances will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16 and 2 p.m Nov. 17 in the sanctuary of Grace Christian at 13000 Zekiah Drive in Waldorf.
Ticket are $6 for children, students and senior citizens and $7 for general admission. Go to www.graceknights.org or call the school office at 301-645-0406.
Tickets will be available at the door.