The production is under the direction of Dave Lund and Emily Popovich. A champagne opening will be held Saturday, March 14th at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances will be March 20th & 21st at 7:30 p.m., March 22nd at 2 p.m. and March 27th & 28th at 7:30 p.m.
The story follows a small group of community theater volunteers that are attempting to produce a fictional show, "Murder Most Foul." The troupe is made of an indecisive playwright, an irritated director and various actors that struggle to gain any momentum before their opening night. The disaster continues offstage with an understaffed technical crew that is constantly confused by the various plot changes. All in all, a disastrous but hilarious attempt to prove, "The show must go on."
"We chose this play for two reasons," Lund said. "Our clientele like to laugh, and this is a show that will fully give them the opportunity to do so. Secondly, this is a show that fits the physical makeup of our stage and gives us an opportunity to showcase the creativity of our technical director and artistic crew."
The show is performed as a parody, not-so-subtly pointing out the common struggles of putting on a play with naive and stubborn volunteers. Whether it's the stage hand doing construction during rehearsal, the playwright changing lines mere days before the performance or the actors' over the top British accents, audiences are guaranteed to laugh out loud. With all the hilarious antics Play On! is an ode to community theater.
"Our focus is to juggle two levels of audience awareness," Lund said. "The real-life actions of actors and crew as they prepare to put on a show, along with the switch of energy to the 'play within a play.' There is a high degree of difficulty in performing this show as it takes a higher degree of concentration than most actors are used to."
The show features several returning Willapa Players: Heidi Stonebreaker, Curt Harris, Tanya Schiller, Linda Anderson, Brenda Crummet and Matt Nordin. Some new faces on the Willapa Players stage include: JoDean Jordan, Nicole Manlow, Quintin Swanson and Jordyn Crummet.
Willapa Players are also pleased to announce their partnership with Pitchwood Alehouse. Each ticket to "Play On!" features a 'buy one get one free' meal offer, valid only on the day of the show.
"We are excited to have this relationship with Pitchwood," Lund said. "As a community, everyone benefits when organizations find a way to work together."
Tickets for Play On! are $10 for adults and $8 for senior citizens and students. Tickets can be purchased at Pitchwood Alehouse, Everyone's Video & More, South Bend Pharmacy, or at the door. Audience members can also reserve tickets for the show by calling 934-5569.
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