Our Town Theatre Group's cast of 'Rumors'
There were a lot of questions and a lot of different theories about what happened to the deputy mayor as his friends arrived to celebrate his 10th wedding anniversary. The story will unfold in the Our Town Theatre Group production of “Rumors,” by Neil Simon.
The play will be shown on March 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and on March 24 at 1 p.m. at the Tannery Pond Community Center, 228 Main St.
The play is set at a large townhouse where the Deputy Mayor of New York City has just shot himself. As the host lies bleeding in the other room, his lawyer, Ken and wife Chris must get "the story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the other couples arrive, each tries to figure out what happened while trying to keep the shooting from the other guests. All the while, the deputy’s wife is nowhere to be found and the servants have left their post. When the police come knocking on the door the reeved up mix of explanations spins off into classic farcical hilarity.
Play director Eric Potter said the audience should get the feeling this sort of high-energy fast-paced comedy could happen in their own life, just a little more zany situations.
“It’s those situations that just become crazier and you think this couldn’t really happen because it’s absolutely outrageous,” Potter said. “The hilarity of it is it just keeps becoming more and more extreme.”
With a guest list that includes the trusted friends of the deputy mayor of New York and a senate candidate it is the kind of crowd where everyone will be doing whatever they can to be sure the evening’s events are kept from the cops—and the press.
“It’s the domino effect of lies rumors and what have you that spins this story round and round,” said Potter. “There are no lead characters as everyone is a main character. All the cast members are very funny and work well together.”
The play stars local actors. Most have had recurring roles in the company, and there are two new faces in the production. Andrew Frasier, of North Creek, will play Glen Cooper; Cherie Ferguson, of North Creek, will play Cookie Cusack; Dan Studnicky, of North Creek, will play Ken Goreman; Dennis Wilson, of Chestertown, will play Ernie Cusack; Eduardo Munoz, of Minerva, will play Officer Perez; Georgia Burkhardt, of Wevertown, will play Chris Goreman; John Gable, of Lake George, will play Lenny Gantz; Judy Stafford, of North Creek, will play Cassie Cooper; Linda Walters, of Chestertown, will play Claire Gantz; and Mike Corey, of Minerva, will play Officer Welch.
This will be the theater group’s 16 production.
“For a small community theater, it is really great we’ve been able to put on the productions we have with such high quality performances,” Potter said. “The audience should expect a light and funny comedy for the entire community,” Potter said.
Tickets are for $12 for adults, $8 students through grade 12. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 832-9047 or sending ticket order via email to email@example.com. When reserving tickets be sure to leave a name and phone number as well as the number of tickets needed and for which performance. Tickets will also be sold at the door based on availability.
For more information contact Potter at 832-9047 or visit the website www.ottg.org.