Yes it’s time to tell you that our programme for the year is agreed. We have secured the licences and that means we can relax in the knowledge that our plans can go ahead.
So what is our first play to be, due for performance in October?
Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (female version)
We first performed this 12 years ago and felt that it was time to run it again. Reading it this summer reminded us just how funny this classic comedy is – Neil Simon’s clever lines are full of humour and remain fresh.
Some of you will recognise The Odd Couple as a classic of stage, cinema and TV. A story about two mismatched roommates, it premiered on Broadway in 1965 and was made into a film in 1968 with Jack Lemmon as Felix Ungar and Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison. A popular TV series followed in the 70s starting Tony Randall and Jack Klugman.
Less well known, however, is that Simon wrote an alternative version in 1985 for a female cast. Essentially it is the same storyline where Felix becomes Florence and Oscar becomes Olive and their poker friends become Trivial Pursuits enthusiasts. And the Pidgeon sisters upstairs become the Costazuela brothers. It was a great success when we performed it in 2006 and hope it will be just as successful this time around with a changed cast and set.
Whether you have fond memories of the Odd Couple, missed our production 12 years ago or are new to this play come along and see it and prepare to laugh.
If you’re reading this you probably like watching our performances, and sitting in the audience, being entertained. But how about getting a little more involved?
We have friends of the group who like to come along and give us a hand closer to performance time, or just like being part of a group of theatre lovers. We are looking for new members and extra helpers. Could that be you?
We are a small group but always aim big on stage. Maintaining the effort required to create three productions a year is demanding – so more members and helpers are always welcome.
There are many reasons for getting involved and many ways of doing so with varying degrees of commitment ;
we are always in need of actors (especially men) – maybe there is a role for you- big or small – and we welcome adults of any age!
perhaps you would just like to come along to our Monday night meetings and listen to a play reading and find out more about us
maybe you have skills that we could utilise ;
working with costumes
music / audio & sound effects work
DIY & decoration of sets
hosting & hot drinks on performance nights
stage lighting assistance / video & sound feeds to backstage
we are not just people with a mutual love of drama – we are a socially active group of friends. Being part of a group like ours gets you out of the house, meeting other people, having a laugh – we visit other productions, the cinema, have meals out.
So why not consider how you could help the Petuaria Players continue to entertain local residents and lovers of live theatre?
Call in at the Forum any Monday evening after 7.30pm.
The Forum meeting / rehearsal building is next to the Village Hall and contact details are here.
We have a great selection of photos from the play to show you in a few days or so – but before that a couple of posts about our experience of creating the production. Firstly, have a look at this little video of our set-destruction last Sunday, primarily for those who haven’t seen it on our Facebook page.
And I’m also using this post as an experiment to see if we can successfully post video content onto the webpage so please feedback and let me know if it works.
Note: those who are reading the email version of this post will need to click the blue title link (Set Destruct) as they can only be viewed on the web page.
Here is our time-lapse video of set-destruction – three days of hard work building it and three hours taking it all down.
And the above fails to show the team dismantling the platforms and tiers, the lifting of all the gear into the loft, dismantling back stage, returning masses of equipment back to our rehearsal room and more…