Island Theater’s ‘Leading Ladies’ opens June 12
The Island Theater Company’s production of “Leading Ladies,” a comedy by playwright Ken Ludwig, runs June 12-20 at the Marco Lutheran Church great room, 525 N. Collier Blvd.
Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. One Sunday matinee performance on June 14 begins at 2:30 p.m. Doors open a half-hour prior to performances.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Marco Office Supply, 571 Bald Eagle Drive, or Centennial Bank, 615 E. Elkcam Circle. They can also be purchased online at theateronmarco.com, by calling the ticket office at 394-0080, or at the door 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Opening-night tickets include the “meet the cast” party following the performance.
Ken Ludwig has had six shows on Broadway and seven in London’s West End, and his plays and musicals have been performed in more than 30 countries in more than 20 languages. His first play on Broadway, “Lend Me A Tenor,” won two Tony Awards and was nominated for seven.
In this show,two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, Penn., is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces.
Featured in the cast are Dylan Rogers as Leo; Cooper Ussery as Jack; Abby Martin as Meg; Eddy Lugwidsen as Rev. Duncan; Alexandria Anderson as Audrey; Emily Boxma as Florence; Ryan Sullivan as Doc, and Jacob Wagner as Butch and Moose.
The cast members of “Leading Ladies” are no strangers to the stage.
“The cast is grateful for the community support they have received over the years and hope the community will join them once again for their latest production,” said director Gina Sisbarro-Penzo.
Abby Martin started acting when she was just six years old in the production of “Annie.” Abby is now a graduate of Lely High School. Eddy Ludwidsen is another veteran performer, with his first role as the Candyman in “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” Eddy will be entering his junior year at Marco Island Academy.
Ryan Sullivan has played Ralphie Parke in “A Christmas Story,” Wilbur Turnblad in “Hairspray,” Vinnie in “The Odd Couple” and most recently in “Into the Woods.” Ryan will be entering as a freshman at the academy. Emily Boxma wowed theater audiences in her first showcase as Christine in “Phantom of the Opera,” what she called her dream role of a lifetime. Emily will enter as a freshman at MIA.
Cooper Ussery has performed as the Older Ralphie Parker in “A Christmas Story,” Bock in “Wicked” and as Felix in “The Odd Couple.” Cooper will attend high school as a freshman. Alexandria Anderson will be entering the eighth grade at Marco Island Charter Middle School.
Dylan Rodgers came to theater last year to help out as a technician, played Macbeth during the Shakespearian Festival and is an MIA grad. Jacob Wagner is the newest rookie to the stage. He will attend Lely High School as a freshman.
Cast information, show dates, and ticket details can be found at theateronmarco.com.