Yes, it’s time to lower the lights, open the curtain, light up the stage and be prepared to enjoy a performance of “Said the Spider to the Spy,” a farce in two acts by Fred Carmichael.
The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Feb. 26-March 1 on the Superstition Center stage in MountainBrook Village, 5782 S. MountainBrook Drive in Gold Canyon.
The comedy takes place in a beachfront house on the coast of Florida. Audiences will follow the characters as they uncover mistaken identities, a mysterious box (Why does everyone want it?), a sleeping detective and why does a mysterious young man keep calling the missing persons bureau, and discover the trap that captures the king pin. We know the audiences will have as much fun as the actors on stage.
This will be the 13th annual play performed by the MountainBrook Village Theatre. Please meet Merry Brennan and Kathy Whitacre, both veterans of the stage who in January 2014, accepted the challenge as first-time co-directors to direct “Said The Spider To The Spy.”
In a recent interview, they discussed how demanding it’s been of their vision and imagination and yet how very rewarding it’s been as they witness the actors and the play come to life in a stage setting. All was not easy as they had to deal with two last-minute role changes.
In the spirit of “the show must go on,” veteran actor Dick Brennan agreed to take on the role of Detective Byron Peters and co-director Kathy Whitacre stepped forward to assume the role of Ruth St. Martin.
New to the MountainBrook Village stage is Pat Hardie.
“I haven’t acted since high school and I won’t tell you how long ago that was,” she told us.
Her incentive to audition for a role in this play was her son, who teaches English and drama at a high school back in Nebraska. Ms. Hardie enjoys the camaraderie with the other actors and watching how the play comes together over several weeks of practice.
Reserved seating tickets are $10 each and include refreshments at intermission. Tickets can be purchased at the MountainBrook Village activity office, which is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, or at the door prior to each evening’s performance. For more information or directions, call the activity office at 480-983-5555.
Bill Wash is the public relations manager for MountainBrook Village Voices and MountainBrook Village Theatre.