Originally Published: October 29, 2015 6:44 p.m.
The first Readers Theater performance of Prescott Center for the Arts' 2015-16 season begins next week with Peter Shaffer's "Lettice and Lovage." It will be showing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, to Saturday, Nov. 7, at Stage Too, 208 N. Marina St.; at 1 p.m. on Nov. 7 at the Prescott Valley Library, 7401 E. Civic Center Circle; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, at the Chino Valley Senior Center, 1021 W. Butterfield Road, Admission is free with a $5 suggested donation.
The play stars Rexanne Bell, Julie Cargill, Tedd DeLong, Candi Ford, Jeff Whitham, Elaine Woods, Karen Weik and Parker Anderson. Anderson, who is also the show's director, said he has been eager to put it on for quite some time. It employs some dark humor, which is his favorite style of humor, he said.
"I read it once and thought it was so funny and witty with great characters," Anderson said. "I fell in love with the play and I've been wanting to do it for years."
"Lettice and Lovage" wasn't originally written for Readers Theater, Anderson explained. However, the PCA decided to make it part of the Readers Theater program, where actors have scripts in their hands and read to the audience. This necessitated some adapting so the actors don't sit still the whole time, Anderson said.
The main challenge to putting on the show for Readers Theater was the lack of a big set on a big stage, Anderson said. Instead it'll be in black box theater form in Stage Too. Even so, they are still excited about putting it on.
"Readers Theater is a different art form and people should experience it once in a while," Anderson said. "It still is theater; they will be seeing a play with a great story, but without the efforts and trappings that you would see on the main stage."
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By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.