Old Fort players open a new season
FORT MADISON – There have been many tragedies during the pandemic’s long halt, and one of the worst was the loss of theater group Old Fort Players for most of an entire season – they had productions in February and May of this year only.
OFP was the only community theater open in the region during the COVID winter.
But now they’re back with a murderous comedy, “As long as we both live.”
The late 2020-21 season would have been OFP’s 40th anniversary but there was no celebration due to COVID. Thus, the “Season of 40 + 1 Anniversaries” and the directors, actors, teams and volunteers of OFP finally celebrated in September.
“We’re so happy to be back in the theater with a full season scheduled. We haven’t done this in a while, rather we only schedule one show at a time and sometimes only do three shows per season.” , said OFP President Dorothy Schulte. noted. “But our board felt it was important after the COVID lockdowns to show that we were optimistic about moving forward.”
Co-directed by Judy Milks and Angela Sanford, “As Long As We Both Shall Live” features a wedding where people are dying to be on the guest list, and audiences learn that “as long as we all live. two “is not really very long at all.
Sanford said “the show must go on” is “a phrase that’s more important than ever at OFP this year.”
“We can’t wait to entertain everyone at our fall show and kick off the season with a bang – and a dose of poison. And a falling chandelier,” she said. “After all, this is a mysterious murder.”
Eccentric but intelligent professional poker player Addison Ashe has finally met a man who can keep up with her – and he has plenty of money too!
But marrying the rich and charming Jamie Wilcox means falling out with his flawed mother and Raul, his over-the-top wedding planner. When Raul is poisoned at the rehearsal dinner, tensions between the smart bride and her domineering future mother-in-law turn from a passionate insult to hell when Ms Wilcox accuses Addison of knocking down her son.
Can Addison resolve the matter before he says “Yes?” Or is she destined to spend her honeymoon behind bars?
OFP and Youth Summer Theater Program Sydney Amberger play Addison’s role, hoping to marry Sterling Barnes as Wilcox.
“I was told to write more for my biography, but I didn’t,” Barnes said.
OFP veteran Richar Abel is at home as a sarcastic and intrusive mother. Ty Clute is an OFP regular and this time around he’s four-talented in four roles: Raul, with his triplet brothers Paul and Dennis, and Lt. Dobbs, the goofy detective.
All good crime drama needs a clumsy detective.
“I never wrote my own biography, rather leaving myself at the mercy of others to do it for me,” Clute submitted.
Keep your eyes peeled for Oscar winner Arianna Bauswell as the Mysterious Person, last seen on “Vintage Hitchcock Radio Plays”. May be. Maybe not. The OFP people are not talking about it yet.
Michael Reed Randolph rounds out the cast as Reverend Mountain, a man of God with an unhealthy fear of the dark and some secrets best kept in the dark.
The frenzied verbal jousting between the bride and the groom’s mother only comes after Raul’s exaggerated ideas for the ceremony and reception.
“As Long As We Both Shall Live” runs October 8-10 and 15-17. Evening shows start at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Season ticket prices are for adults, $ 50; senior / military / veteran, $ 40; and students, $ 35.
Individual show tickets are adults, $ 15; senior / military / veteran, $ 12; and students aged 5 to 17, $ 10.
Tickets are available on oldfortplayers.com and at the door. The OFP Theater is located in downtown Fort Madison at 725 Avenue G.
More information is available by email at [email protected], at Fb @ oldfortplayers on Facebook, or by calling 319-372-9559. Visit oldfortplayers.com to stay up to date with what’s happening in the theater.
OFP partners include the Fort Madison Daily Democrat and Scotts. Additional funding is provided by Connections Bank.
The main sponsors for the season are Jim Baier Ford and Lee County Bank.