From Robert Picklesimer:
On August 26, 27, and 28, for just one weekend, the Homer Opera House will host "The Rivals", an hilarious comedy by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Shows will be at 730 on Friday and Saturday night, and 230 on Sunday afternoon. The play is very family friendly and is paired with another very humorous comedy, "The Marriage Proposal" by Anton Chekhov. Each will last about an hour, and there will be a ten minute intermission between the two plays.
The performances are scheduled to coincide with Homer Krazee Daze during that weekend. Prices are the same as always at the Homer Opera House, $8.00, $7.00 for sr/stu, $5.00 under 12. For tickets go to HomerOperaHouse.com.
"The Rivals" is also one of only six entries for the Illinois Theatre Festival, November 4-5, and this is a chance for Homer to see a World Class performance ahead of time. All the parts in "The Rivals" are portrayed by Homer Opera House veterans, and represent the best of the Creative Dramatics Workshop theatre company. The Illinois Theatre Association Festival is a division of the American Association of Community Theatres (AACT), and if among the top 2 in November, "The Rivals" will go on to the 5 State Regional Festival to be hosted at Parkland College in 2017 (Illinois being the host state this year, which rotates every tenth year), so there is an opportunity for a local theatre to be represented in this National Festival.
Appearing in "The Rivals" are Cole Hieke of Sidney as Sir Anthony Absolute, Brandon Moore of Homer as Captain Jack Absolute, Libby Bradley of Urbana as Mrs. Malaprop, Bethany Wood of Tolono as Lydia Languish, and Kayahna Lasam as Lucy, the servant to Lydia. The bombastic Sir Anthony and language butchering Mrs. Malaprop try to arrange a marriage between Captain Jack and Lydia, but she prefers a poor but romantic Ensign Beverly whom she means to elope with on the sly, and the confusions ensue.
Accompanying this world renowned play is ""The Marriage Proposal" when Ivan Vasilivech comes to ask Natasha's hand in marriage from her father, but it becomes an argument over neighboring properties. Jake Smith plays the nervous suitor, Robert Picklesimer the desperate father, and Bethany Wood the challenging daughter, Natalya.
Both of these plays have already been presented in the past by the CDW to very good responses, and this is the chance to see both of them together for one low price. Come have fun, and celebrate Homer Krazee Daze with two crazy plays, and have fun laughing with us.
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