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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Now OnStage - Roses for Roses

The Subject Was Roses, now being presented by City Park Players, was first on stage in 1964 and was the winner of the 1965 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  Directed by Ed Reed this play is a study in theatrical “domestic realism,” written by Frank D. Gilroy.  Though set in the WW-II era, the story is a timeless one that explores the importance of a family's communication with one another especially after surviving war.  David Sharp is John Cleary, Wanda Schenk is the wife and mother, Nettie Cleary and Bradley Levi Smith is the son, a returning veteran, Timmy Cleary.    John and Nettie Cleary are marking time in their middle-class Bronx apartment when Timmy returns from three years at war.

Audience Response on the first weekend of performances:
Harry and Dot Trainer:  “What can we say?  It was great!  All of the actors were really good.  We enjoyed the music, too.  We’ll come back again!”

Jodi Powell:  “The set was wonderful.  I enjoyed watching the exploration of relationships between the characters.  I’m from Eunice and it was worth the drive!”

Caroline Randall:  “I felt this was a strong production: acting dynamics, set design and dressing, sound design – the musical selections were appropriate for the era.  The energy really picked up the second act.”

Charles Randall:  “Wonderful!  Really enjoyed it.”

Shelly Strange:  “For a drama dealing with a difficult subject, it had a lot of funny moments.  I liked it!”

Stephanie Morse:  “This was the first time I’ve been to theatre in Alexandria.  I’ll look for upcoming shows now.  I enjoyed this show - it was a nostalgic look into a modern-day situation.”

Lauren:  “I’ve never been to live theatre before - anywhere.  I’ll come back for the next show!”

Performances continue this week on May 27, 28, and 29.  Friday and Saturday the show begins at 7:30 and on Sunday at 2:30 in the afternoon at the Hearn Stage, 1102 3rd St, Downtown Alexandria.   There will be special performances in the lobby at each show during intermission and a cabaret after the performances on Friday and Saturday evenings – Featuring the song styling of Cassie Harlow and Barbara Elkins along with Hors d’oeuvres and treats. 

Discount Tickets are available online at TicketLeap.com  or in the lobby an hour before the show begins. Ticket prices:  Adults $12 – Seniors (over 65) $10 - Students $5.  Reservations are urged, just call 318-484-4478 and leave a message or send an email to cityparkplayers@gmail.com

 City Park Players, Central Louisiana Community Theatre 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.  The 2011 season is supported, in part, by grants from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and Roy O. Martin Foundation as administered by the Arts Council of Central Louisiana.   Corporate Sponsors this year include the following:  Capital One Bank, CLECO, Environmental Resources Management, McDonalds of Alexandria, The Gold Law Firm, Red River Bank & Tony Trevino Event Planner.  Additional support comes from our patrons and donors and people like you who believe that community theatre enriches our lives and enhances our quality of life.              ###

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