adidas boxing boots Abbeville Opera House set for ‘retro’ summer 2015 season
Abbeville Opera House’s 37th summer season opens with Ernest Thompson’s “On Golden Pond” on June 12 and continues with two Neil Simon comedies, “The Star Spangled Girl” in July and “The Odd Couple” in late July and August.
Michael Genevie, Abbeville Opera House executive director, said there is a retro thread between the three summer season shows. Each show is from older scripts that are chock full of laughs, touching story lines and memorable characters for present day audiences, Genevie said.
“It’s going to be one of the most fun summer seasons we’ve had in a long time,” Genevie said. “Every once in a while, you come across a story that is funny, poignant and has an incredible message. That show, this summer, is ‘On Golden Pond.’
“Everybody, at some level, can identify with these characters, whether it’s a cranky old man or his daughter or her fiance’s son, from a previous marriage.”
Second and third in the summer season is a one two punch with plays by Neil Simon “Star Spangled Girl” and “The Odd Couple.”
“Star Spangled Girl” is about a love triangle set in 1960s San Francisco, involving a Southern girl and two guys trying to launch a magazine.
“It’s an incredibly funny and patriotic comedy,” Genevie said. “That’s why we decided to do it in July.”
“The Odd Couple” has the characters of the divorced Oscar Madison and recently separated Felix Unger, who decide to room together.
“The Odd Couple” stars Genevie as Felix and Genevie’s good friend, Harry Anderson, as Oscar. Genevie also is directing the show. “I’ve directed and been in ‘The Odd Couple’ a number of times, but I’ve always played the role of Oscar. We’re mixing things up. I’m going to play Felix and Harry’s playing Oscar.”
Genevie said it is good timing for ‘The Odd Couple’ because television network CBS has launched a new version of a spin off television show by the same name.
“With Harry’s years as a comic and magician,
he’s used to working in front of a live audience, but as Oscar Madison, he will be playing a character,” Genevie said. “There is a great bunch of actors in this show with us.”
Genevie said a company of actors has been cast for each of the summer season shows.
“With limited rehearsal periods, it makes things simpler,” Genevie said.
Then, in September, after the summer season has ended, AOH and Greenwood Community Theatre team up for what’s shaping up to be a spectacular collaboration on the Cameron Mackintosh Disney stage adaptation of “Mary Poppins.”
“Mary Poppins is a fundraiser, in conjunction with Greenwood Community Theatre,” Genevie said. “It’s the first time we’ve joined forces.”
The show will be performed at the historic Abbeville Opera House, which has ‘fly and wing space,’ sufficient for the Mary Poppins character to fly, Genevie said.
“We’re doing a production together that neither theater would be able to do on their own,” Genevie said, noting GCT is strong on producing large musicals. “This idea has been a year in the works already.”
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