Crown Point woman chosen for Price is Right showcase

2013-05-03T12:02:00Z Crown Point woman chosen for Price is Right showcaseDiane Poulton | Times Correspondent
May 03, 2013 12:02 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Saturday was the second time Theresa Saager and her daughters attended the “Price is Right” traveling stage show at the Star Plaza Theatre.

It was also the second time one of their family members was chosen as a contestant.

Host Pat Finn announced Saager’s name Saturday, saying the famous words everybody in the audience was waiting to hear, “Come on Down!” Saager was chosen as a contestant for the final showcase of the night and a chance to win a Nissan car.

She was given ten chances to win, losing one chance each time she failed to guess the correct order for the numbers given as the prize’s price. Each time she correctly guessed the order she won the prize and moved on the next prize.

Although failing to win the big-screen television or car, Saager correctly guessed the number sequence for a World Federation of Poker Championship chip set and a Play Station 3. Saager said she was given the choice of taking the prizes or money and she opted for cash.

“It was bizarre,” Saager said. “I was so calm until it was over. You are really not nervous until it is all over.”

She said as she was trying to guess the correct sequence of numbers for the price of the television it became confusing as audience members were shouting out numbers for her to pick.

At the October show the family attended her daughter Mary Saager-Hoffman was chosen as a contestant but didn’t win a prize.

Saager said she began watching “The Price is Right” when she worked for In-Pact as a caregiver.

“The girl I took care of watched it every day,” Saager said.

“We are all still in awe that my mom got on stage,” daughter Cyndi Kretz said.

The largest prize given away Saturday was a trip for two to Las Vegas. Next was a slot machine and a $600 cash prize given for winning the “Big Wheel” spin-off.

Other featured games included the Shell Game, Plinko and Cliff Hangers, complete with the yodeling mountain-climber.

Many audience members came decked out in “Price Is Right” t-shirts or matching colored shirts with sayings about television host Drew Carey. Some expressed disappointment when they found out Carey was not the host that night.

The traveling stage version of “The Price Is Right" celebrates the popular show’s 40th anniversary. Its debut was Sept. 4, 1972.

Prior to the beginning of Saturday’s show the audience was entertained by video clips from early episodes and given the chance to guess prices of items throughout the decades the show has aired.

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