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.”
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