Two theatres bring comedy to stage


By Tara Jones - tjones@limanews.com



Jodi Brincefield rehearses for Encore Theatre’s opening weekend of “Farce of Habit.”

Jodi Brincefield rehearses for Encore Theatre’s opening weekend of “Farce of Habit.”


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Amy McConn (left) acts as a nun to spook Jeff Kerr’s character in Encore Theatre’s rehearsal for “Farce of Habit.”

Amy McConn (left) acts as a nun to spook Jeff Kerr’s character in Encore Theatre’s rehearsal for “Farce of Habit.”


Tara Jones | The Lima News

From left, Jodi Brincefield, Amy McConn, Lauren Spyker and Jack Henry rehearse for “Farce of Habit.”


Tara Jones | The Lima News

The cast of "Farce of Habit" rehearses Tuesday night for Encore Theatre's opening weekend of the show.


Tara Jones | The Lima News

From left, Jack Henry, Amy McConn and Jeff Kerr rehearse a fighting scene for "Farce of Habit."


Tara Jones | The Lima News

From left, Lauren Spyker, Jennifer Kaufman, Jeff Kerr and Jodi Brincefield prepare for Encore’s opening weekend.


Tara Jones | The Lima News

Jack Henry’s character rehearses for the upcoming community play as Jeff Kerr’s character, his father-in-law, overlooks.


Tara Jones | The Lima News

Mark Thomas (left) and Jeff Kerr rehearse a farce for Encore Theatre's upcoming opening for "Farce of Habit."


Tara Jones | The Lima News

The Van Wert Civic Theatre will present its second weekend of “Little Shop of Horrors.”


Photo courtesy of Van Wert Civic Theatre

IF YOU GO

WHAT: “Farce of Habit”

WHEN: 8 p.m. May 10, 11, 17, 18 and 2 p.m. May 12 and 19

WHERE: Encore Theatre, 991 N. Shore Drive, Lima

TICKETS: Adults $15, seniors $12, youth $8 at amiltellers.org or box office, 419-223-8866

WHAT: “Little Shop of Horrors”

WHEN: 8 p.m. May 10, 11 and 2 p.m. May 12

WHERE: Van Wert Civic Theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert

TICKETS: General admission $15 at box office, 419-238-9689. Cash and check only

LIMA — Both the Encore and Van Wert theatres will present family-friendly comedies this weekend.

Encore’s opening weekend of “Farce of Habit” details a family-owned fishing resort in Arkansas hosting a weekend nun’s nature retreat and famous radio talk show host all while a huge storm is predicted and a serial killer is on the loose.

“We have a farce, so that means lots of physical comedy running in and out of doors, outrageous situations, and we have nuns,” said Steve Dietrich, director.

Mark Thomas, new to Encore, said the team has had a couple of spills, but mostly some really good laughs.

“It’s been a lot about timing and knowing everyone else’s movements, including your own, without running into each other or falling over, even though we’re trying to sometimes,” Thomas said.

Amy McConn, Dale Morgan Jr., Jack Henry, Mark Thomas and Jennifer Kaufman will make their Encore debuts, but the chemistry required for the farce came together quickly.

“We have a lot of fun backstage as well as on stage,” said Lauren Spyker. “We just move from behind the scenes to in front, and it’s natural, it’s real. We’re playing characters, but at the same time you’re bringing your own self to who you are.”

The Van Wert Civic Theatre will perform a more well-known story, “Little Shop of Horrors,” which drew a large audience last weekend.

The story details a floral shop employee who comes across a blood-thirsty plant and comes across some challenging questions, director Chad Kraner said. But, he said, whichever show you choose to attend, it’s important to support community theatre.

“We need to support all of our community theatres, we have shows Thursday through Sunday, and I think they can make it to both if they want to,” he said. “We want them (Encore) to break a leg out there too.”

Jodi Brincefield rehearses for Encore Theatre’s opening weekend of “Farce of Habit.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Encore1.jpgJodi Brincefield rehearses for Encore Theatre’s opening weekend of “Farce of Habit.” Tara Jones | The Lima News
Amy McConn (left) acts as a nun to spook Jeff Kerr’s character in Encore Theatre’s rehearsal for “Farce of Habit.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Encore2.jpgAmy McConn (left) acts as a nun to spook Jeff Kerr’s character in Encore Theatre’s rehearsal for “Farce of Habit.” Tara Jones | The Lima News
From left, Jodi Brincefield, Amy McConn, Lauren Spyker and Jack Henry rehearse for “Farce of Habit.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Encore3.jpgFrom left, Jodi Brincefield, Amy McConn, Lauren Spyker and Jack Henry rehearse for “Farce of Habit.” Tara Jones | The Lima News
The cast of "Farce of Habit" rehearses Tuesday night for Encore Theatre's opening weekend of the show.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Encore4.jpgThe cast of "Farce of Habit" rehearses Tuesday night for Encore Theatre's opening weekend of the show.Tara Jones | The Lima News
From left, Jack Henry, Amy McConn and Jeff Kerr rehearse a fighting scene for "Farce of Habit."
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Encore5.jpgFrom left, Jack Henry, Amy McConn and Jeff Kerr rehearse a fighting scene for "Farce of Habit."Tara Jones | The Lima News
From left, Lauren Spyker, Jennifer Kaufman, Jeff Kerr and Jodi Brincefield prepare for Encore’s opening weekend.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Encore6.jpgFrom left, Lauren Spyker, Jennifer Kaufman, Jeff Kerr and Jodi Brincefield prepare for Encore’s opening weekend. Tara Jones | The Lima News
Jack Henry’s character rehearses for the upcoming community play as Jeff Kerr’s character, his father-in-law, overlooks.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Encore7.jpgJack Henry’s character rehearses for the upcoming community play as Jeff Kerr’s character, his father-in-law, overlooks. Tara Jones | The Lima News
Mark Thomas (left) and Jeff Kerr rehearse a farce for Encore Theatre's upcoming opening for "Farce of Habit."
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_Encore8.jpgMark Thomas (left) and Jeff Kerr rehearse a farce for Encore Theatre's upcoming opening for "Farce of Habit."Tara Jones | The Lima News
The Van Wert Civic Theatre will present its second weekend of “Little Shop of Horrors.”
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2019/05/web1_LittleShopOfHorrors.jpgThe Van Wert Civic Theatre will present its second weekend of “Little Shop of Horrors.” Photo courtesy of Van Wert Civic Theatre

By Tara Jones

tjones@limanews.com

IF YOU GO

WHAT: “Farce of Habit”

WHEN: 8 p.m. May 10, 11, 17, 18 and 2 p.m. May 12 and 19

WHERE: Encore Theatre, 991 N. Shore Drive, Lima

TICKETS: Adults $15, seniors $12, youth $8 at amiltellers.org or box office, 419-223-8866

WHAT: “Little Shop of Horrors”

WHEN: 8 p.m. May 10, 11 and 2 p.m. May 12

WHERE: Van Wert Civic Theatre, 118 S. Race St., Van Wert

TICKETS: General admission $15 at box office, 419-238-9689. Cash and check only

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.

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