Local actors and talented drama students are on stage in spring shows at four area locations — a comedy at Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine; The Wizard of Oz at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach; the musical South Pacific at St. Augustine High School; and Love, Loss and What I Wore at Flagler College as part of the Romanza Festivale of the Arts.
NO SEX PLEASE, WE’RE BRITISH
Through May 10: British comedy is on stage in No Sex Please, We’re British at Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave., uptown St. Augustine.
The fast paced plot revolves around an assistant bank manager who lives above his bank with his new bride Frances. When Frances innocently sends a mail order off for some Scandinavian glassware, what comes back is Scandinavian pornography. They must decide what to do with the floods of photos, books, films and eventually girls that threaten to engulf this happy couple.
Directed by John Pope, the cast includes Matthew Whaley as Peter Hunter; Kathryn Suddard as Frances Hunter; Micah Laird as Brian Runnicles; Linda Mignon as Eleanor Hunter; James Desmond as Leslie Bromhead; Jan Peter Buksar as Mr. Needham; Kelly Kates as Susan; Nicole Payne as Barbara; Martin Fillman as Superintendent Paul; and Aaron O’Connell as Delivery Man.
How did Matthew Whaley prepare for his role as Peter, the assistant bank manager and newlywed?
“Peter is a very interesting man. He is a newlywed who has just returned from his honeymoon and is re-adjusting to his life as a bank manager, when things are turned completely on their head with the arrival of his mother, boss, chief cashier, a bank inspector, police superintendent, and some very unwanted, unsavory pornographic materials,” Whaley said.
“The way I prepared for this was to continue to read the play and find the little spots where the character changes gears or attitude. From there it was just playing to see what works and, of course, follow what your director says.”
On May 1-2, a pre-show lecture on British farce will begin at 7 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7:30 p.m. Actor Jan Peter Buksar will give insights to the zany world of British comedy.Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25 per person.
For reservations, call 904-825-1164 or purchase online at limelight-theatre.org. Free parking is available streetside and in the theatre’s parking lot.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
April 23-May 3: The School of the Arts at Christ Episcopal Church in Ponte Vedra Beach will present the beloved classic, The Wizard of Oz, April 23-26 and April 30-May 3. The cast of 54 includes ages 8 to 88, directed by Jason Woods. Show times are 7 p.m. April 23-25 and April 30-May 2, with 3 p.m. matinees on April 26 and May 3.
Tickets are $20 per person, available at woz.ticketleap.com. A Premiere Party begins at 6 p.m. on opening night, April 23. Tickets are $35 per person and include a wine and cheese reception, and the opportunity to meet the cast after the show. Free parking on site.
Students in the St. Johns County Center for the Arts will bring this musical to life! Set in an island paradise during World War II, two parallel love stories are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.
Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and, unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.
Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie. When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe’s life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.
Show times are 7 p.m. April 30-May 2, and 2 p.m. May 3. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and children. Tickets can be purchased at the door before each performance, or at the school office in advance.
A Classic Theatre announces the cast of their second production of the 2014-15 Season, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Nora Ephron and Delia Ephron, based on the book by Ilene Beckerman.
Directed by Anne Kraft, the three performances are on May 11-13 as part of the Romanza Festivale. All performances at 7:30 p.m. in the Gamache-Koger Theatre in the Ringhaver Student Center of Flagler College, 50 Sevilla St., downtown St. Augustine.
The six talented actresses cast in the production are Francesca Bellavista, Barbara Evans, and Jean Rahner of St. Augustine; Julie Grayauskie of Ponte Vedra Beach, Harolyn Sharpe of Fleming Island, and Vanessa Warner of St Johns.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students (at the door with ID). Tickets are available at www.aclassictheatre.org. Reservations can be made at [email protected] Call 904-829-5807 for more information.
Proving that a great show is always in fashion, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” is an international hit and uses clothing and accessories and the memories they trigger to tell funny and often poignant stories that all women can relate to, creating one of the most enduring theater-going experiences.
Lighthearted and witty, “Love, Loss and What I Wore” is perfect for a girls night out, a mother-daughter outing, or even a date night. Some have called it a chick flick for the stage, and it’s a fair assessment. It has all of the qualities of a great chick flick: relatable characters, quotable comedy and the right amount of sentimental moments mixed in.
“A show about matters of the heart and matters of the closet!” — The New York Times.
A Classic Theatre, Inc. was created by Anne Kraft and Jean Rahner, both co-founders of Limelight Theatre in St. Augustine. Follow A Classic Theatre on facebook: www.facebook.com/AClassicTheatre