Sunday, November 8, 2015

WMSC’s Prime Time Players Present Four Comedies

by Rosabelle Tifft

One of the four comedy plays to be performed by WMSC’s Prime Time Players at their fall performance was a first prize award winner by the International Thespian Society and Dramatics Magazine. "The Tale That Wagged the Dog" by Tim Kelly will be performed on Nov. 20 and 21 at 7 pm at Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium.

In the play Johann Strauss, The Waltz King, visits America on tour, to the excitement and interest of the ladies. Meanwhile, Rudolph, the composer’s valet, played by Norman Milliard, does a thriving business selling locks of the maestro’s hair. However, the hair comes from Strauss’s little dog, Bobo. One after another, young women invade the hotel suite: Arabella, played by Barb Dion; Charity, by Roberta Taylor; and Prudence, by Pat McCartney. They are determined to have a lock of their idol’s hair. Rudolph’s shrewish wife, Trudi, played by Tineke Ouwinga, wants to end the deception. How Rudolph deals with the women makes this play a delight.

"The Tale That Wagged the Dog" cast: seated, Norman Milliard; standing from left, Barb Dion, Pat McCartney, Roberta Taylor, Tineke Ouwinga

The three other comedy plays include a monologue, “Kindness of Strangers,” by Jim Gordon and featuring Lorrie Hoeh; “Drinks with Charles” by Jim Gordon, with Tim LeConey, Roberta Taylor, Barb Dion and Tineke Ouwinga; and “The Bickersons,” an adaptation of the December 27, 1946 radio broadcast of The Bickersons, which features Rosabelle Tifft and Jim McLean with Jack Kuchta as the announcer.

Jack Kuchta, new director, said the theme for the evening, “What Goes ‘round, Comes ‘round,” shows that some people are complex and not always as they appear at first encounter. With the cast of veteran and “young-at-heart" players, this promises to be an evening of fun and excitement. 

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Monday, November 2, 2015

WMSC’s “Prime Time Players” Gearing up for Evening of Comedy

by Rosabelle Tifft
 

WMSC’s "Prime Time Players" have been rehearsing weekly since mid-September preparing for their annual performance to be held on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21, at 7 pm at Gould Academy’s McLaughlin Auditorium. Jack Kuchta, director, said the theme for the evening, “What Goes ‘round, Comes ‘round,” features four comedies. The plays show that people are complex and not always what they appear at first encounter.

Jack will be assisted by Lorrie Hoeh, who will be directing one of
Lorrie Hoeh, in "Kindness of Strangers."
the plays. She assisted Ross Timberlake during his two-year term as director. Lorrie will also perform a monologue entitled, “Kindness of Strangers,” by Jim Gordon. The play is an important reminder about two things that happen as we age. We are often seen as easy prey by scam artists, but we are just as often smarter than they are. Wait until you see how Lorrie handles this one!



“Drinks with Charles,” by Jim Gordon, features Tim LeConey as Charles Flemming, an investment guru. He envisions a profitable evening touting his “can’t fail” investment strategies to three unsuspecting women played by Roberta Taylor, Barbara Dion and Tineke Ouwinga. Unfortunately for Mr. Fleming, past success is no guarantee of the future.
Tineke Ouwinga, Barbara Dion, Roberta Taylor and Tim LeConey in "Drinks With Charles."
 

Check next week’s blog for information on the final play, “The Tale That Wagged the Dog” by Tim Kelly.

For more information about Western Mountains Senior College visit our website at http://sad44.maineadulted.org/western_mountains_senior_college