Carpenter Square to honor local theater vet 

Longtime area acting icon Charlie Dickerson has a bundle of entertaining stories, spanning more than 50 years and countries all over the globe. And anyone who ventures out to Carpenter Square Theatre's annual 10-minute play festival Saturday probably will get to hear a few of them.

The event, a fund-raiser for CST, features:
" staged readings of its 10-minute play competition winners,
" a wine pull,
" a silent auction for dinners in area restaurants, and
" a tribute to Dickerson's life in theater. 

Dickerson will be familiar to local audiences from film, television and working with area theaters in such memorable productions as:
" "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,"
" "On Golden Pond,"
" "The Sunshine Boys" and
" "Glengarry Glen Ross."

EARLY WORK
But before he moved from Dallas to Oklahoma City to work in advertising, Dickerson had a whole other life: more than 20 years of doing comedy in nightclubs and military bases all over the world.

While attending North Texas State to play football on scholarship "? but mainly "to chase girls," he said "? he met a couple of guys who kept trying to drag him into their comedy and music act. "The Chuck-a-Lucks" performed routines in the tradition of country novelty duo Homer and Jethro.

For more than two decades, the group's travels extended all over Europe and almost every state in the country. Underneath those years of brushing shoulders with the rich and famous, however, there remains a good-natured, unassuming Texas boy. "?Linda McDonald

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