Tuesday, May 08, 2007

LIT: The Octette Bridge Club

The newest production from the Guadalupe Stage Quartet -- P.J. Barry's The Octette Bridge Club -- opens Thursday night at Warrior Theatre in Ingram. I'm directing a wonderful cast of eight beautiful ladies plus Charles Bryant and can't wait to get the show off the ground. I hope you'll come see it if you have a chance.

Here's the PR end of the news:

The Octette Bridge Club
By P.J. Barry

Produced by

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet

May 10-20 2007, Warrior Theatre, Ingram, Texas

Shows – 7:30 curtain
Thursday May 10; Friday May 11; Saturday May 12
Friday May 18; Saturday May 19; Sunday May 20

Matinee – 3:00 curtain

Sunday May 13

Matinees – 3:00 curtain
Sunday May 20

Bottom L-R: Chaille Hawkins, Holly Riedel, Louise Leahy, Pam Frierson, Emily Houghton

Produced by Holly Riedel, Directed by Tony Gallucci
Cast: Marie Cearley, Pam Frierson, Chaille Hawkins, Emily Houghton, Louise Leahy, Holly Riedel, Ruthie Schmuck, Sarah Tacey and Charles Bryant

All proceeds benefit the Roy Burney Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund and the Ingram Tom Moore High School Thespian Troupe
It’s 1934, we’re in the heart of the depression, one big war is over, another is looming, and women of the era are coming into their own. For eight sisters of the Donavan clan, however, each must travel her own path.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet is pleased to present, in their second production, P.J. Barry’s “The Octette Bridge Club” – a look at these eight sisters as they navigate the changes America takes in the middle of the 20th Century. Some find the path straight ahead, others find it winding, but for all it has it’s own little tortures.

Watch as the eight gather for a biweekly bridge game at Halloween 1934 and muse about their loves, their husbands and their children – then peek again ten years later to find out where their paths have taken them – through illness, physical and mental, philandering husbands, overseas sons, and hanging corsets out to dry.

This show is a reprisal of a school performance directed by Holly Riedel, who brought us this play. Her late husband, Roy Burney, a founding member of the Quartet, is again being honored by our production. This show also helps fund an endowed scholarship for a senior theatre student in his name, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Ingram Tom Moore Thespians, his beloved theatre students at the high school.

The Octette Bridge Club runs two weekends, with 7:30 shows from Thursday through Saturday, May 10-12, and Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, and 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays, May 13 and 20 at the Ingram Independent School District’s Warrior Theatre. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved by calling 377-8957. Tickets can be purchased from any cast member. The play features some adult language and involves some adult situations – caution is urged for those with young children and for those with tenderer sensibilities.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet was formed in 2005 to present quality dramatic performances in association with area theatres. The founding members are Riedel, Burney, Marie Cearley and Tony Gallucci.

Burney was a theatre teacher at Ingram Tom Moore before his death of cancer in August 2006. In honor of Roy’s starring turn in it, and to put on a show celebratory of his impact on his students and the local theatre scene, Lend Me A Tenor was chosen to initiate the GSQ series in the Fall of 2006. The Octette Bridge Club is the Quartet’s second production.

At his death, the remaining members, at Riedel’s suggestion, dedicated themselves to using their shows to help raise money to send outstanding theatre students to school beyond Ingram, and to furnish seed money for convention and play-going trips as part of the educational experience for area Thespians.

The Guadalupe Stage Quartet plans to produce The Drawer Boy this coming summer, and will follow that up this fall with The Lion In Winter.

The Cast: Marie Cearley as Martha McDermitt, the oldest; Louise Leahy as Mary Donavan, the second; Ruthie Schmuck as Nora Hiller, the third; Holly Riedel as Connie Emerson, the fourth; Chaille Hawkins as Alice Monahan, the fifth; Pam Frierson as Ann Conroy, the sixth; Emily Houghton as Lil Carmody, the seventh; Sarah Tacey as Betsy Bailey, the youngest; and Charles Bryant as Robert Foster, the photographer

Producer: Holly Riedel; Director: Tony Gallucci; Assistant Directors: Holly Riedel & Charles Bryant; Light Design: Dan Schmidt; Costumes: Ruthie Schmuck & friends; Sound Design: Tony Gallucci

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