Two Weeks of One-Acts come to Old Town Theatre...

Posted: Tuesday, April 26, 2005


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  Carol Ford of the Kenai Performers prepares a new set at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai.

Director Carol Ford prepares a new one-act play at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai.

After their successful run of Brigadoon at the KCHS auditorium, the Kenai Performers are back at their Old Town Playhouse, cooking up a veritable theatrical smorgasbord of entertainment with "Two Weeks of One-Acts!" Coming April 29th - May 8th.

In preparation for a full season of live theatre in the coming year, 12 new directors are taking a four-week workshop taught by Carol Ford. Seven of these new directors have each chosen a one-act play to direct as their workshop project for this Spring, while the others plan to direct later in the year. "These eight exciting short plays will burst upon the stage in these two weekends of fun and dramatic entertainment," said Ford.

The first weekend, April 29th -May 1st, is "4 FUN!" four comedies for the whole family. The evening starts off with "Scenes from Hank the Cow dog," adapted from John R. Erickson's hilarious look at the life of Hank and his pals, with a few enemies thrown in just to show that being head of ranch security is no walk in the park. Teresa Danielson directs this musical canine romp. Next, David Ives' "English Made Simple," raises the burning question, "What bounces the conversational ball when two young people looking for romance meet by chance?" Carol Ford directs this short and sassy exploration of the language of love.


Carol Ford of the Kenai Performers prepares a new set at the Old Town Playhouse in Kenai.

"Captive Audience," another David Ives comedy, is directed by Jamie Nelson. Ives' zany sense of humor and creative view of reality are brought to bear on the issue of television and its place in the American psyche. Rounding out the evening is A.A. Milne's classic fairy tale, "The Ugly Duckling," directed by Ken Duff, this droll comedy of errors and switched identity, rounds out the evening with a rich, regal touch of goofiness, romance and renaissance music.

The second weekend's offerings are entitled "On EDGE!" Stories with an edge for adults (language and situations.) These plays run the gamut of experiences as Kenai Performers' new directors take on material from scandalous to tragic and quite a few unmentionables in between. Charlotte Legg does Tennessee Williams' short play, "A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot. Author Bruce Schirmers directs his own work in "Recital," a story at once chilling and heart-warming of an Alzheimer's patient whose wife has brought him home to a small Alaskan village to protect him from the dangers and vicissitudes of city life. Then Ellee Ernst directs a gripping psycho-drama by Christopher Durang, "Naomi in the Living Room. The evening concludes with "The Shock of Recognition," by Robert Anderson. This sensational comedy is co-directed by Katie Anne Hansen and Carol Ford, and brings the evening to an end with a rafter-shaking roar of laughter and outrageous fun. "We are exploring some amazing and wonderful things in all these shows. This is intimate theatre and it's what has always been my first love," says Ford.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:00 pm, and Sunday matinees are at 3:00 pm. General admission to all shows is $10, Member price is $8. To become a member the Kenai Performers contact Carol Ford at 776-8308, or write to Kenai Performers at PO Box 914 in Kenai. Tickets are on sale now at Charlotte's in Kenai and River City Books in Soldotna. Seating is limited.

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