This week sees the final performances of Pump Boys and Dinettes here at the theatre.
One of the interesting facets of this production is the fact that we have broken the proverbial “Fourth Wall” and invited audience members to come up on the stage to buy pie and beverages right on the set before the show and during intermission.
This has proved really popular with our audiences and slices of pie are flying off the counter of the “Double Cupp Diner.” The pies are made by the famous Special Touch Bakery, a Division of the Jimmy W. Wilmot Adult Day Training Program at Holy Childhood. The Special Touch Bakery has been supplying Geva’s café for the past 10 seasons and for a typical 4-week run of a show, the café will order six pies at a time and then re-order when needed. For Pump Boys and Dinettes, Geva has ordered approximately 120 pies each week! That’s how much Geva audiences like pie! And these are from the best pie-makers in Rochester!
The Special Touch Bakery produces an average of 16,000 pies each year. Approximately 50 area restaurants, senior centers and country clubs purchase their pies. In addition to making a delicious product, The Special Touch Bakery serves as an opportunity for adults with developmental disabilities to learn production and food service skills at their own pace, while earning a weekly paycheck. It also serves as a training ground to seek competitive employment and enhances the development of lifelong skills to further the worker’s opportunities in the workplace and other aspects of their lives.
This morning I joined News10NBC’s Pat Taney and paid a visit to the Special Touch Bakery and met some of the bakers making the pies that are featured on our stage during Pump Boys and Dinettes. There is a kinship here – just as each pie produced by the Bakery is handmade, so are the productions at Geva Theatre Center. An enthusiastic staff is the main ingredient of these pies. There is a lot of love and pride baked into each and every pie that comes out of that well-appointed kitchen. We at Geva are delighted to share that with our audiences.
We hope that you get a chance to come to the “Double Cupp Diner” before Pump Boys and Dinettes closes on Sunday. If you don’t make it to the theatre to check out the show and these amazing pies, you can purchase pies from Holy Childhood during regular business hours, or at the Generosity Store downtown.