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Prescott Center for the Arts' Readers Theater presents 'The Housekeeper'

The next Readers Theater production at Prescott Center for the Arts is coming up, this time featuring "The Housekeeper" by James Prideaux. Directed by Carl Kennedy, it stars Angela and John Bryan and can be seen at 7 p.m. on Stage Too, 208 North Marina St., Thursday through Friday, Jan. 7-9 as well as at 1 p.m. in the Prescott Valley Library's Crystal Room, 7401 E. Civic Circle on Saturday, Jan 9 and at 3 p.m. in the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road, on Sunday, Jan 10.

The Bryans got involved with "The Housekeeper" after Kennedy let them read the script, Angela said. It seemed like a cute show suitable for the two of them, she added. They have done Readers Theater before, but at other venues, John said. The two enjoy performing for a Readers Theater style of show.

"It's kind of nice to be able to interpret a show with minimal physicality and really let it come out through the dialogue," Angela said. "Kind of a challenge from an artistic acting point of view."

Performing for Readers Theater is an interesting exercise, John said. There isn't a lot of memorization and reading the parts means inflections and emotional content can be put into the performance without having to move around on stage.

However, "The Housekeeper" does have some physical moments which makes it stray from the average Readers Theater production, John said.

"There are moments where we do get a little physical, because it's a half page of description of what the actors are doing at that moment, so we can't talk our way through it," he said. "We actually have to perform it."

But even though there is some physicality, it's not essential, as the script is cleverly written with little clues that reveal the characters, Angela said. The dialogue imparts a lot of character building without having to put on a physical persona, she said.

In preparation for immersing themselves in the role, Angela and John gained insight into the characters as well as understanding their lives, Angela said.

"They're both extraordinary lonely people, so when they come together it is the sudden exposure and passion that they've buried so deep for so long and they find that passion with each other," John said.

Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.

Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333, ext. 2037, or at 928-642-5277.

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