By Nan Nawrocki
Tater Patch Players
This Thursday is the final dress rehearsal for Tater Patch Players' upcoming production and also their "Share Night". The cast is an interesting mix of new and veteran actors. They all enjoy their time together, even while they work long hours in memorization and rehearsal. Steve Lewis says, "Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is proving to be a theatrical stretch. It's a variation from the usual Tater Patch musicals and light comedy. It is a dark and
dramatic production that has very different staging, lighting and acting challenges. I play a Mr. Hyde who is both evil and sensuous, which is a far cry from my usual Neil Simonesque roles of light comedy."
Dezarea Brown plays Elizabeth, the woman loved by Hyde, in his many guises. She says, "Tater Patch is like my second home. I love being on stage but most of all I love all of the people. I am so thankful to have met everyone. Our theater is full of acceptance, laughter, dedication, and so much more. Even in the most stressful moments everyone is here for each other. Our theater family continues to grow - and it is quite inspiring".
Dezarea is so inspired, that she is taking on the challenge of being on the directing team for the next show, "It's a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play on the Stage" and she wants to announce that auditions will be on September 20, 4 – 6 p.m. and September 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Tater Patch Players theater. Full details are on the website at www.taterpatchplayers.org.
Newcomer Jacob Clark, playing the huge role of Dr. Jekyll, said he couldn't really put it all into words, but that he was having a great experience and was so happy to have found such an open and accepting group to work with for his first stage appearance. Jacob has worked tirelessly to polish his words and actions and is excitedly waiting for the curtain to go up.
Keith Galligan, another newcomer told us "It has been an awesome experience going from a group of people first getting to know each other to quickly becoming a team all working toward the same goal and building what I believe to be lasting friendships along the way. As this is my first theatre experience I am amazed at all the details that go into putting on a show from lights and sound to stage management and direction. I have experienced more joy than I can put into words working on this show with everyone and can't wait for opening night!"
Buffy Bezdek is returning to the Tater Patch stage after a six-year absence. Her thoughts were, "I absolutely fell for this play from the moment I started reading the script. I believe each of the actors and crew involved in this production has a commitment to bring this incredible script to life. We are all having a creepy, twisted, good time!" Calvin Smith plays several roles also, plus acted as mentor to the first-time actors. "I've had two wonderful challenges in this production: that of attempting to master various different shades of English accent for the different characters I play; and the honor and pleasure of acting as mentor for the two actors in "Jekyll and Hyde" who are new to the stage, Jacob and Keith. Hope I've risen to both challenges."