Comedy to welcome guests back to Postal Playhouse
LE MARS — The Le Mars Community Theater brings its cast back to the Postal Playhouse as it gets ready for the production of “’Til Beth Do Us Part.”
The curtain goes up on Friday, Dec. 3, and runs through Thursday, Dec. 9. Evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 is a matinee only at 2 p.m.
Margaret Britton is the director for the raucous farce about romance and revenge, with Curt Sitzmann as producer.
“It’s a small cast, only six. They’re all veteran cast members this time around,” Britton said.
In this side-splitting comic romp about marriage, career-driven Suzannah Hayden (Tina Laskie) needs a lot more help on the home front than she’s getting from her husband, Gibby (Bob Hill). Lately, nurturing his marriage of 27 years hasn’t been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he’ll wish it had been.
Enter Beth Bailey (Danna Schuster), Suzannah’s newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives.
When he realizes it’s Suzannah’s career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah’s best friend, Margo (Susan Willer), a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank (George New), who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis.
Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah’s boss (Jennifer Scholten) arrives for that all-important dinner.
Whether you’re married, single, rethinking your divorce or currently being controlled by someone up to no good, you’re sure to enjoy this family-friendly, laugh-out-loud Jones/Hope/Wooten comedy.
“Everybody is very excited, gung-ho, ready to be back in the theater. It was so nice to have some place, another venue at the museum, but it’s nice to be back home. We like our intimate little theater,” Britton said.
The LCT’s previous two productions of 2021 were radio plays presented at the Plymouth County Historical Museum on the Old Central Gym stage due to COVID concerns.
Britton said community people are glad they will be back at the Postal Playhouse.
Britton loves comedies.
“This is a real cute show, it’s for all ages and I think everybody will enjoy just relaxing and having a chuckle or two. A nice break from all the stuff that’s been happening the last two years,” she said.
Britton had this show casted almost two years ago.
“There have been a few changes, but we say this is a show that has been two years in the making. Obviously they weren’t studying their lines all that time,” she said.
Being the director, Britton said she doesn’t have to learn the lines. She does, however, do a lot of things.
“It’s a lot of doing a lot of stuff, help with set, help with props, help people with their lines, you interpret things differently than they do so it’s nice to put your own spin on things,” she said.
She pointed out cast member George New travels from Dakota Dunes and Susan Willer comes from Brunsville to be a part of the production.
“It’s nice that we have people so interested in the theater that they will make the trip,” Britton said.
Willer remembers her audition from 2020, which was held in March. She immediately started memorizing her lines.
“That was in March, right before the pandemic. Basically like a week or two before the pandemic kicked in,” she recalled. “I read for the play and knew I would take the part. We had one rehearsal, and then everything shut down.”
Willer describes her character, Margo, as a concerned friend of Suzannah.
“I’m concerned about the marriage of Gibby and Suzannah Hayden,” she said. “Margo is kind of wacky. She is kind of in her own world and I love that I can totally relate to her. Some of the lines that she says I could see myself saying it. I love that she’s funny because I like to play the funny parts.”
She added “Everyone has great lines, funny lines. We’re going to have so much laughter.”
Willer loves the Le Mars Community Theater.
“First of all, the people in the theater, the friends I have made, I love them, they are great people. They’re wholesome, they’re extremely talented,” she said.
Hill said it’s great to be back at the Postal Playhouse.
“I love my part. It’s the biggest role I’ve ever had. I just started three years ago, and this is the biggest role I ever had and I absolutely love the character. He’s a loving man who loves his wife, but he’s a slob,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
“Yeah, we were going to do this a year and a half ago. And then I’m the one that got COVID, so we had two more weeks to wait,” he said.
Hill has only been a part of the Le Mars Community Theater for three years. He talked about why he participates.
“It’s the people here. I had never done anything like this before in my life. I was 56 years old, and I came up and auditioned for a part in a play, and they just accepted me,” he said. They’re like a family to me. Just very close knit family. But they took me in, gave me a shot at it, created me a 45-second part in that very first play, and I fell in love with it. They’ve just helped me grow ever since.”
Since then, he has been in seven shows.
When he’s not rehearsing or on memorizing lines, Hill works as the maintenance director at Good Samaritan Society-Le Mars.
“I have grandkids and spend as much time with them as I can,” he said. “My granddaughters are wonderful, just a blessing. I got married a year and a half ago, and so I have three more grandkids there.”
He reflected on his theater friends.
“I love working with these people. They’re just a great bunch of people. We come from all different walks of life. People that work at Walmart to a nursing home to a judge, and we’re all just like one big family,” he said.
“This is definitely a funny show, but it’s also kind of a romantic show, and I love my character in this,” he said.
To make reservations for the shows, contact the Postal Playhouse at 712-546-5788 Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., or register online at www.lemarslive.org.