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Wednesday, 13 November 2013 16:25

Swift Current Little Theatre fall production should be hilarious

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The shenanigans of U.S. ambassador “Hormone” Harry Douglas and a variety of other characters in his residence is set to bring the house down during the Swift Current Little Theatre’s upcoming fall production.

The community theatre group is hosting five performances of the two-act comedy The Amorous Ambassador by English-born playwright Michael Parker between Nov. 22 and 30.
Long-time Little Theatre member Ron Toles is taking on the role of producer for this full-length play.
“It’s a classic farce,” he said. “So, it’s a lot of fun. People have a lot of laughs.”
The play is set in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in London, England. While the different characters announce plans to go away for the weekend, the audience quickly realizes they all have different ideas for where and with whom they will be spending their time.
“We’ve done classic farces before but this is a new one, for this particular author anyway,” he said. “When I read it, I laughed out loud. Very often it’s not as funny until you see it. This has some classic lines.”
Little Theatre annually produces a play in the spring and fall. The group has done several plays by Canadian writer Norm Foster and local playwright Wendy Lockman.
“We do mostly comedies,” Toles said. “Our audience likes comedies ... and they’re always well-received.”
He has been involved with the local community theatre group since the 1970s, but it is his first time in the producer’s chair.
“I really wanted to be in the play, but I just didn’t have the time to do all the rehearsals,” he said. “I’m getting a lot of help from Bruce Rayner, our club president, from Rachel Wormsbecher and Vicky Parker, our two co-directors, and a lot of people are stepping up to help out. It’s been an interesting experience.”
According to Toles, all acting roles present unique challenges, but the success of a farce depends on timing.
“There’s an old stage joke that says the quality of the farce depends on the number of doors in the set,” he mentioned. “We’ve got six doors. ... It’s a matter of getting everybody in and out at the right times. Farce depends on comedic timing.”
This production requires a full set to depict the living room of an English country house.
“We usually do abstract sets, but this is a full interior set with walls and doors representing the inside of the house where the ambassador lives,” he said.
The play has a cast of eight characters. Johnson is starring as ambassador Harry Douglas.
“Ken normally directs,” Toles said. “He’s an incredibly talented actor.”
Mina Krywulak will play the role of the ambassador’s wife, Lois, and Joanne Matsalla will be the ambassador’s next-door girlfriend, Marian.
“Joanne Matsalla is a seasoned veteran,” Toles said. “She’s done lots with us. Mina Krywulak has done several plays in the past.”
Megan Brooks will be the ambassador’s daughter Debbie and her boyfriend Joe will be played by Chris Martens. Lindsay Woods will be the ambassador’s secretary Faye and Perkins the butler is played by Jarod Johnson, who is a new member of Swift Current Little Theatre.
Kurtis Bakanec will be Captain South, a Marine Corps officer.
Tickets to the dinner theatre on Nov. 22 have already sold out, but tickets are still available for the regular performance on Nov. 28 and the pub night performances Nov. 23, 29 and 30.
Regular performance tickets are $10 each and the pub night tickets are $20 each.
All shows start at 8 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for pub nights and at 7 p.m. for the regular performance.
Tickets are available at Pharmasave and all performances will take place at Beatty Playhouse at the Great Plains College.

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