Cast members for South Suburban College's "Moon Over Buffalo" include Martell Jefferson (standing, from left), Paul Braun, Charlie Furtek and Ashley Orendorff; and Heather Young (seated, from left), Betty Owens, Kevin Hathaway and Cathy Hundt. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 31, 2014 2:25AM
The PAC Rats Theatre Co. of South Suburban College will present “Moon Over Buffalo,” Ken Ludwig’s madcap backstage comedy, according to a press release from the college.
Performances will take place in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the main campus at 8 p.m. Sept. 19, 20 and 26, at 2 and 8 p.m. Sept. 27, and at 2 p.m. Sept. 28, the release said.
It’s 1953 in the story, and fading stars George and Charlotte Hay (played by Paul Braun, of Lansing; and Heather Young, of Burnham) are on tour in Buffalo, New York, the release said.
On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingenue (played by Ashley Orendorff, of Thornton), they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of “The Scarlet Pimpernel.”
Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Enabled by Charlotte’s deaf, old stage manager mother, who hates every bone in George’s body (Charlotte is play by Betty Owens, of Glenwood), a case of mistaken identity causes hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, according to the release.
Richard (Martell Jefferson, of South Holland), Charlotte’s would-be suitor, makes an appearance and tries to woo her away from George. Meanwhile, the Hayses’ temperamental daughter Rosalind (Cathy Hundt, of Thornton) splits time between fiance Howard (Kevin Hathaway, of Park Forest) and ex-fiance Paul (Charlie Furtek, of Lansing), who works as the company’s stage manager.
The hopeful actors sprint through the tangle of confusion to produce a woefully misbegotten mixture of two different plays in their hoped-for presentation piece, and in the play’s climactic scene, manage to set everything right by still more series of coincidences and mishaps, the release said.
The play is directed by Lansing resident Sandra Wagner, with the set design is by Dean Scalzitti, of Hegewisch, according to the release. The lighting design and fight choreography are by Laura Tiemens, of South Holland. Costume designer is by JoAnna Tassin, of Park Forest; with Melody Jones, of Calumet City, as her assistant. Angela Martin, of Midlothian, is the stage manager. June Wagner, of Lansing, is designing the props for the production, and Jordan Wierczyna, of Robbins, is the sound designer.
Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for senior citizens 55 and older, and $6 for students. To buy them, call the 24/7 box office voicemail line at (708) 210-5741. Tickets also can be reserved by emailing email@example.com.
South Suburban College student and employee discounts, as well as group rates, are also available.
South Suburban College is at 15800 S. State St., South Holland.
The campus is convenient to interstates 94, 80, 57 and 294, and free, ample, well-lit parking is available, according to the release.