Posted: Wednesday Jun 27, 2012
June 27, 2012
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will present Larry Shue’s The Foreigner, described as “one of the most blissful and sidesplitting theatrical experiences ever”, from July 5 to 21.
Colleen Reilly will direct the production. “Almost ten years ago we presented our last production of this marvelous comedy and our audiences haven’t forgotten,” Ms. Reilly commented. “After repeated requests, we are thrilled to present it again. Sargent Froggy LeSeuer of the British Army is a frequent visitor at Betty Meeks’s fishing lodge in rural Georgia. On this particular trip he has brought along a friend, Charlie, who is painfully shy. To spare Charlie the difficulty of having to converse with strangers, Froggy tells Betty and her other guests that Charlie is a “foreigner” from an unnamed country, who speaks no English. Froggy’s plan backfires, however, when the other guests, convinced that Charlie can’t understand a word they’re saying, start taking him into their confidence. He learns about everything – from a debutante’s romantic troubles to the nefarious plans of the local KKK. In order to defeat the villains’ plot, Charlie must emerge from his shell, make friends, learn English, and lead an unlikely band of heroes to victory over evil...all in the course of one of the most blissful and sidesplitting theatrical experiences… ever.”
A preview performance is scheduled at 8:10 p.m. Thursday, July 5. Performances are set for 8:10 p.m. July 6-7, 10-14, and 17-21. Two matinees are scheduled for 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 and Sunday, July 15.
The cast includes newcomers Gregory Lehane as S/Sgt. “Froggy” LeSuer, Alex Walton as Rev. David Marshall Lee and F.J. Hartland as Owen Musser.
Mr. Walton, a graduate of Point Park University, has extensive experience on stage and television, having played Trevor on As the World Turns as well as numerous roles with the Playhouse Conservatory and Hastings Summer Theatre.
Mr. Hartland, who studied acting and playwriting at Carnegie-Mellon University where he earned his master of fine arts degree, has appeared frequently at Off the Wall Theatre, Mountain Playhouse and Greensburg Civic Theatre.
Saint Vincent stage veterans David Cabot as Charlie Baker, Patricia Reilly as Betty Meeks, Juliana Carr as Catherine Simms, and Kevin Daniel O’Leary as Ellard Simms complete the cast.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre patrons are asked to make ticket reservations in advance because seats are reserved at all performances except Thursday evening preview shows, which are general admission. Reservations may be made by calling the theater box office at 724 537-8900. Customers may also make reservations online at www.svst.org. A credit card is required for on-line reservations, and such reservations are transferable, but non-refundable.
Individual tickets are $10 for preview performances, $19 on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, $22 on Friday and Saturday evenings and $16 for matinees. Special theatre party group rates apply to groups of 20 guests or more. Senior citizens, 62 or older, are eligible for a $2 discount upon request on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings only. Special subscription plans are also available through Saturday, June 30. In addition, student tickets are available for $10 for any seat, any performance.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre performances are all scheduled in the comfortable, air-conditioned Performing Arts Center of the Robert S. Carey Student Center on the Saint Vincent College campus. Free van shuttle service is provided to and from the spacious and convenient parking areas adjacent to the Saint Vincent Basilica.
Saint Vincent Summer Theatre will continue to feature its well-known cabaret, the special after-the-show party to which all theatre patrons are invited. Saint Vincent students serve snacks, hot dogs and beverages after the production and also provide entertainment. The cabaret is open after all performances except Thursday preview shows and all matinees. Theatre officials encourage donations if patrons enjoy themselves at the after-the-show party.
The final production of the summer season will be The Chief, July 26 to August 19.
The 23rd annual Saint Vincent Summer Theatre Gala will be held Friday, July 13. All proceeds benefit the Saint Vincent Summer Theatre. Further details are available by contacting the Saint Vincent Archabbey Events Office, 724 805-2901.
A free brochure is available by contacting the Saint Vincent Theatre box office at 724 537-8900.
Photos: David Cabot, Juliana Carr, F.J. Hartland, Kevin Daniel O’Leary, Patricia Reilly, Alex Walton.
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