OCOEE THEATRE BRINGS COMEDY TO THE STAGE
Ocoee Theatre brings the stage play “Sylvia” to The Venue Creekside on March 15 for four performances.
“Sylvia,” a Broadway play that starred Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, is an entertaining “must see” comedy, according to Candy Tapper, president of the Ocoee Theatre Co.
The play opens at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, with additional evening performances on March 16 and March 23. Matinee performances are March 17 and 24 at 2:30 p.m.
“Sylvia,” by A.R. Gurney takes place in New York where a burned-out executive finds a lovable dog in the park and decides to bring her home to his apartment. His furry friend is just what’s needed to help him escape from the misery of his burned-out job. However, his wife, who is still busy pursuing her career, doesn’t feel the same affection for the canine and isn’t ready to roll out the welcome mat.
Ocoee Theatre Company commissioned Trevis Orr to direct the play. Orr is an accomplished previously directed “Over the River and Through the Woods” for Ocoee Theatre. He’s gathered a talented and experienced group of actors from the local area.
The play stars Kasey Torbett, an employee at Bowater Credit in Cleveland, Susan Guentensberger, a teacher at Arnold Elementary, and Jeff Guentensberger, a senior scientist at Bayer International.
According to the Orr, who also performs, “There is so much hidden talent in our community. I’m just thankful that Ocoee Theatre Company gives artists a place to share their acting skills and provides this much needed cultural entertainment.”
The Ocoee board of directors chose the play because of the universal question, “Who doesn’t want to own a dog at some point in their lives?”
“If you’ve got a dog, you’ll enjoy reminiscing about the day you found that very special pet and brought her home. And if you haven’t done so, you’ve probably wondered what it would be like to bring one home from the pound,” Tapper said.
Sylvia is no ordinary dog. Expect lots of laughter. You won’t be disappointed, especially when this very special pooch gets between a man and his wife. Underneath the comedy there’s an underlying struggle and the audience will find itself on both sides of the issues: Can a man’s need for a dog win over a wife? Will his marriage survive? Can a dog really bring happiness?
The show has uniqueness that stretches the awesome abilities of the actors. Whether it’s portraying a “Labradoodle” or taking on several roles of different genders, this talented cast takes the audience down the road of imagination with such ease. For example, Torbett skillfully blends human characteristics with canine and pulls the audience into her pet world. Jeff Guentensberger portrays three completely different characters that showcase his acting abilities.
Tickets are $15; and for seniors and students, $12. Tickets can be purchased on Facebook, www.ocoeetheatreguild.com, or at The Venue Creekside one hour before each performance. For more ticket information, call 423-284-8209.
“Sylvia” is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services Inc.
Ocoee Theatre Guild is a Tennessee nonprofit company approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation, welcoming sponsors and contributors who love live theater. It is dedicated to bringing professional-quality, live theater productions to community audiences with all persons in the community who volunteer their acting and technical abilities for live theater. The Tennessee Arts Commission is a proud sponsor.
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