On October 21, 22, and 23, The Homer Opera House in Homer, Illinois, will be hosting a special performance of "The Rivals" by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, with special Preview performances on October 14, 15 and 16. All performances are at 7:30 on Friday and Saturday nights and 2:30 on Sundays. "The Rivals" is a classic of the world stage, ranking with Moliere's 'Tartuffe" and the Shakespearean comedies, but it has a much more modern feel being written two centuries after Shakespeare. "The Rivals" has been in almost continuous production in the theatre repertory since its initial introduction in the late 18th Century. Its subjects anticipate Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, and much of modern day's situation comedies.
The Homer Opera House performed this show for one weekend in late August, and many consider it the funniest show that the producers there have ever done. They are also doing some "preview" performances on October 14, 15, and 16, which the public is also welcome to attend. For all of those who want to see the very best that the Creative Dramatics Workshop has to offer, this is the show to see. Directed by 20 year CDW veteran Robert Picklesimer, and including some of the very best actors and actresses from that long time theatre performing theatre group. Cole Hieke, who is a 16 year CDW veteran, will be playing the crusty old Sir Anthony Absolute, while 10 year veterans Brandon Moore (as "Captain Jack", the rakish young scoundrel), Libby Bradley (as the aptly named "Mrs. Malaprop" who gets all of her words wrong), Berthany Wood or Lena Leonberger, either of whom will be portraying the romantically languishing "Lydia Languish", and Kayahna Lasam or Adena Paul, talented relative newcomers to the group (as "Lucy", the too smart for her own good maid), round out the cast.
The version the Opera House will be performing is only an hour long, and will be couple with either of two other short plays. "The Marriage Proposal" where a nervous young man comes to ask a befuddled farmer for his brazen daughter's hand in marriage, by Anton Chekhov, and starring Jake Smioth of Homer, will be added to "The Rivals" on Friday, October 14, and both Sundays. On the other days of the performances Jake will be playing Adam opposite Lena Leonberger's Eve in Mark Twain's "The Diary of Adam and Eve".
All of these short plays and players are the very best that CDW at the Homer Opera House has to offer, and many of the young performers who have just started performing there, would find these shows both entertaining and enlightening for their continued appreciation of acting, literature, and just being part of a very positive environment. Additionally, "The Rivals" is being done not only because demand was so high to see it again after its August premiere, but the Opera House is doing it at the Illinois Theatre Association's Fall Community Theatre Festival at Streator, Illinois, on Saturday, November 5, at 7:00pm as one of only six featured shows at that theatre festival, done once every other year. It is part of the greater American Association of Community Theatres which has even wider competition at the Regional (Parkland College next spring, in Illinois, once every ten years), and National Festival in Minnesota next Summer.
For fun-filled performances, see these plays, and help support the local theatre group and the grand old facility of the Homer Opera House. Ticket prices are, as always, $8.00/ $7.00 for students and senior citizens/ $5.00 for those under 12. Tickets will be available at the door on October 14,15. 21 &22 at 7:30, and October 16 and 23 at 2:30, or you can visit our online box office below: