The Village Players got bingo!Written by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Every year, the Village Players produces a show in early January, meaning rehearsals have to surround the holidays.
Auditions came early and the rehearsal period was longer than other Village Player productions, but the cast got a long break for the holidays. There was only one formal rehearsal the week of Christmas, picking back up the week of New Year’s.
Gordy said the level of difficulty to get through the break depends on the cast.
“Quite honestly, we run into this every season,” Director Jake Gordy said. “I’ve been very fortunate … my actors actually got together two more times [during Christmas week] independently and ran lines.”
Gordy didn’t have to worry about New Year’s.
“Especially with an older cast, or a more mature cast, New Year’s doesn’t seem to be such a problem. They’re not as apt to go out and party it up on New Year’s Eve,” Gordy said.
“The Queen of Bingo” will begin a three-week run on Jan. 10 at the Village Players Theatre, 2740 Upton Avenue. The show is the directorial debut of Gordy, who has been working with the Village Players since 1996.
“I’m very excited; I have a wonderful cast and I like the script,” he said.
Gordy said he was waiting to direct a show he loved, and this is that show. The show also includes veteran actors returning to the stage: Nancy Janney and Pam Kelso. The two have both served on the Board of Directors and the Play Reading Committee in previous years.
“It has been almost a decade since either [has] graced our stage and we could not be happier that they have come back for this production,” Vice President of Public Relations and Development Christopher Jagodzinski said in a news release.
The play is by Jeanne Michels and Phyllis Murphy. It follows two sisters who add excitement in their older ages by playing Bingo.
Gordy said the play is “typically Midwestern,” and people in the area will appreciate it. Gordy is familiar with people who love Bingo, even though he doesn’t play much himself.
“People go out and play Bingo, especially in the winter,” Gordy said. “I know these women because they are my family.”
According to stageplays.com, the show was originally produced in Chicago’s Buckingham Theatre. The venue was transformed into a bingo hall and a real game was played with the audience, much like what will happen at the Village Players production.
“The audience actually gets to play a round of Bingo and there’s a prize to be awarded,” Gordy said.
Once again, the Village Players will also sponsor a food drive for the Feed Your Neighbor Food Bank. Jagodzinski said he is hoping to beat last year’s totals and has set a goal to raise $2,000 and collect 2,000 items.
“Patrons who donate items or money will be entered to win one of numerous prizes, including a pair of season tickets for the 2014-2015 season,” Jagodzinski said.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 419-472-6817 or visit www.thevillageplayers.org.
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