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Friday, August 01, 2008

The Boy Friend Opens August 7

The Boy Friend, a hilarious musical romantic comedy by Sandy Wilson, opens at the Bringhurst Park Theatre on August 7.

Featuring a local cast of 30 mostly teens and young adults, The Boy Friend is the fourth offering of the City Park Players 60th Anniversary Season and the perfect cap on a sizzling summer. Cenla musical theatre veteran Tina Smith directs the production. Diane Falcone is Executive Producer.

In this gleeful song and dance show, British playwright Wilson masterfully spoofs the contrived storylines, generous tongue-in-cheek humor, and happy-ever-after endings of classic 1920s-era musical comedies. As a newcomer to the American stage, a nineteen-year-old Julie Andrews starred in the show’s 1954 Broadway debut. Her performance earned her the Theatre World Award and led to her Tony Award-winning role as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

The Boy Friend cast and crewmembers include: Majorie McBride as Polly; Mark Weinzettle as Tony; Jane Albright, Donovan Baker, Anna Broussard, Alicia Burch, Cade Cascio, Laura Gauggel, Savannah Granger, Torey Hayward, Noelle LeBlanc, Darrah Mannix, Payden Moore, Britton Patton, Roxanne Pope, Caroline Randall, Loren Ryland, Catherine Schneider, Therese Schneider, Shaylah Simmons, Rodney Smetak, Anna Smith, Bradley Smith, Colin Smith, Callie Turner, Megan Voorhies, Marcus White, Mandy Williams, and Joe Wright; Leigh Schneider, choreographer; Jordan Baker, keyboards.

Continuing its 60th Anniversary Season celebration, the theater will unveil a limited edition, frameable poster, commissioned especially for the production and designed with original artwork by artist Marcus James White. White is a rising senior at Pineville High School Center for Creative & Performing Arts and member of the show’s cast.

The Boy Friend opens Thursday, August 7 and runs through Sunday, August 17. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 pm, with Sunday matinees at 2:30. All performances are at the Bringhurst Park Theatre, 1802 Sylvester Street, Alexandria, Louisiana. Individual tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and older), and $5 for students with current student ID. Group sales are available.

“Close to Home” promotional packages feature four tickets for $40, each good for any one performance of The Boy Friend or the upcoming The Dinner Party, by Neil Simon, opening October 2. More details are available by calling the theatre. For tickets, reservations, or more information, contact the City Park Players box office at (318) 442-1800 or email cparkplayers@bellsouth.net.

The City Park Players 60th Anniversary Season is made possible, in part, by grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Arts Council of Central Louisiana, and the Roy O. Martin Foundation.

A premiere community theatre, City Park Players is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to offering quality cultural activities and experiences to the entire Central Louisiana community through live theatre productions, programming, and education. Visit our Website at

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