By: By Wayne Allen Wallen@communitycommon.com
February 21, 2011
The Portsmouth Little Theater (PLT) has announced upcoming dates for its next production, the Book of Liz. The show will take place March 4, 5, 11 and 12 with shows starting at 7:30 p.m. at the PLT located on Lawson Street in Portsmouth.
According to the shows director Leigh Anne Kimbler, the show promises to be a laugh a minute.
"The show is written by Amy and David Sedaris so it is really funny. It's staring some of the beast actors we've got in Portsmouth," Kimbler said. "It's (Book of Liz) really about cheese balls and sweat."
Kimbler says the show is about a squeamish woman, and by squeamish think Amish woman and she makes cheese balls.
"She (Elizabeth Donderstock) feels unappeased at cluster haven and their little community. She strikes out into the big wide world, and meets some interesting characters. She gets herself a job at a restaurant called Plymouth Crock," Kimbler said. "Meanwhile back at cluster haven they are trying to recreate her cheese balls, and can't. Back a Plymouth Crock, she (Elizabeth Donderstock) has an opportunity to be promoted and hesitates because she has a sweating disorder, that tends to put come consumers off."
The lead character Elizabeth Donderstock, has to decide if she wants to have an operation to fix the disorder. "I'll leave it there, I do not want to give too much away," Kimbler said.
"The theme of the show is, it takes balls to be different, cheese balls. The scrip it's self is about 50 pages and we've inserted an intermission so we can sell cheese balls," Kimbler said.
Kimbler will be making her directorial debut with The Book of Liz. She has been working on this play and gathering the cast since November,
"We got the actors together three weeks ago, we had a read through and I was crying in laughter, every night they add something different," Kimbler said. "The show is very funny, and is an equal opportunity offender."
The cast is make up of six people including, Jynx Jenkins, Tucker Battrell, Jim Hayes, Guinevere Merce, Susan Reed and Michael Stapleton.
"Ashland (Kentucky) is getting ready to produce Hair Spray and there's a lot of talent locally that has going to Ashland to be in that play. A lot of music directors at area high schools have upcoming shows," Kimbler said. "We did not have a lot of people addition for a musical because they are already committed to shows, happening before this."
"We decided so we could put on a better musical in May, that we would swap the shows (the Book of Liz, and Godspell). Usually the people who are in straight plays or comedies are not the same talent pool that does the musicals," Kimbler said. "We have really a lot of talented people in the area. We decided it would be best to wait until they are available to do the show."
She said season ticket holds received a brochure stating Godspell would be in March and Book of Liz would be in May.
Godspell auditions will be held at the PLT March 15th and 16th at 7 p.m. with the show being on May 22 and 29.
For more information and tickets to the Book of Liz visit www.pltlive.com. If tickets are available they will be available one hour prior to the show.