By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2014
Kay Brownlee-France as Claire Ganz whispers a delicious rumor in Lenny's ear, played by Ken Thornhill.
Would you like to make plans for a date night or fun evening out with friends without driving to Tulsa? Owasso Community Theatre Company (OCTC) will host a live stage production of Neil Simon’s "Rumors" presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. at 7:30 p.m. on February 13, 14 and 15 at Stone Canyon Elementary's stage, 7305 N. 177th E. Ave. in Owasso.
The play begins with Ken Gorman and his wife, Chris, at the 10th anniversary party of Charlie Brock, deputy mayor of New York, and his wife, Myra. Unfortunately, great plans for the party are not working out and the guests of honor are missing. Additional party guests arrive, including Lenny and Claire Ganz, Ernie and Cookie Cusack, and Glenn and Cassie Cooper.
Rumors are shared with stories of infidelity, gunshots are fired, police arrive on the scene, and mayhem unfolds. If this sounds like a party you'd like to attend, make plans to see the show!
"Rumors was chosen because it is a classic comedy for theatres, and we have a talented director, Iris Ballou, who is able to pull together the verbal humor and physical comedy that is trademark Neil Simon," said Kay Neldon, producer.
With this show, OCTC begins the 10th year of bringing live theatre to Owasso. "Owasso needs to come out and help celebrate OCTC’s 10th season. We have a founding member directing the show, and two other founding members, Sally Allen and Morgan Keenan, acting in it," said Iris Ballou, director. "This is a fun, mixed-up, fast-paced comedy full of Neil Simon’s wit. While there is some adult language in the show, it is in keeping with the characters and scenarios presented and not just thrown in for shock value. It would be a fun Valentine date for couples."
Practices started in December and the cast has been having a fun time rehearsing for the show. "At our first practice, it took longer than we planned because we were laughing so much," said Neldon. "The best part of being a producer is always getting to know the cast and crew. The worst part is the most important job of a producer: sweating the small stuff and handling every small detail so the director can focus 100 percent on putting the best show possible on the stage."
This play contains strong language and is intended for an adult audience. Get advanced $8 tickets at www.octok.org. Tickets at the door will be $12 for adults and $10 for seniors (age 55+) and students.
Interested in performing? Auditions for OCTC's April production of “Sherlock Holmes” will be Saturday, February 8 and Monday, February 10. No experience is necessary, but you must be at least 15 to audition. Check OCTC's Facebook page for audition times and location.
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