All of a sudden . . . it’s time for a play

Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2006


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  Ms. Seiker (Teresa Danielson) questions God (Cathleen Rolph) in a scene from "In God's Office." Photo by M. Scott Moon

Lisa Boulette dabs a tear while playing a Department of Motor Vehicles clerk in "The DMV One." The play will be one of 11 performed this weekend as part of "Sudden Theater" at Old Town Theater.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

The Kenai Performers have something new in store for this weekend — but don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

The group has put together a series of 10-minute plays collectively called “Sudden Theatre,” which features 11 plays organized into two acts separated by a 15-minute intermission.

Each play has its own director and anywhere from one to five characters. A few of the play titles include “Zombie Family Picnic,” “In God’s Office,” “Todd and Becky” and “Accounts Receivable.”

Some of these plays are comedies, while others deal with topics more serious and thought-provoking. The transitions are orchestrated by the scene card girl, Carol Umstead.

Chris Cook and Susan Shoemaker, veteran members of the Kenai Performers, are the co-producers.

“It’s a collaborative thing,” Cook said. “There’s something for everyone. You can be shy and still get involved.”

“Sudden Theatre” will encompass one month’s preparation for one weekend of performances.


Ms. Seiker (Teresa Danielson) questions God (Cathleen Rolph) in a scene from "In God's Office."

Photo by M. Scott Moon

“With all of the members being volunteers, this type of production is easier and less of a time commitment than some of the bigger productions which take months, thousands of hours and hundreds of people,” said Dan Van Zee, who stars in “Todd and Becky.”

“Sudden Theatre” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $12 — seniors and students are $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Charlotte’s in Kenai, River City Books in Soldotna or at the door. This production is rated PG 13.

The Old Town Playhouse is on Overland Street in Kenai, across from the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

For more information call 283-0214.

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