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FRCP to perform “Wait until dark”

FRCP cast members in “Wait Until Dark” rehearsal – (from left) Kyle King, Chris Swanson, Becky Tower, Lyle Fales, and Jaci Taylor.

The first production of 2018 for the Flat River Community Players is the classic thriller, “Wait Until Dark,” by Frederick Knott. First on Broadway in 1966, the play involves a lone woman who is the victim of a complex criminal plot.  

The action focuses on Susy, who unwittingly becomes trapped in the center of a dangerous con game. Criminal thugs cleverly convince her that her husband Sam is the prime suspect in a theft and murder. They urge her to help them find the key to his innocence—a doll, which unbeknownst to Susy, contains smuggled heroin.  

Finding the doll and suspecting the men are not who they claim to be, Susy refuses to hand it over. She realizes she needs to force the bad guys to play by her rules…in the dark! Oh, yes. One more important fact: Suzy is blind. What follows is one of the most tension-filled scenes in modern theatre.

Director Larry Moss, whose other directing credits with the FRCP include terrific productions of  “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” “Dracula,” and “A Few Good Men,” has chosen a cast for “Wait Until Dark” that’s a mixture of long-time Players with newcomers to the group.  

Leading the cast as Susy and Sam Hendrix are Becky Tower and Ryan Garlick. Appearing as Sgt. Carlino is Lyle Fales. New to the FRCP, Jaci Taylor is playing Sam and Susy’s young neighbor girl, Gloria. Kyle King is also a Player for the first time, taking on the role of Mike Talman. Chris Swanson plays Harry Roat, Jr. 

Working with Moss on the show is his producer/assistant director, Roxanne “Rocky” Hutchinson. Doug Stek is the set designer, and Brittany Bassett serves as stage manager. Jessica Gilbertson is the show’s costumer and set dresser. Skip Schuster is handling props.

The FRCP production of “Wait Until Dark” runs for five performances:  April 13, 14, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m., and April 15 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are at the Greenville Area Community Center.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $11 for senior citizens 60 and over, and $11 for students 18 and under. General seating admission tickets are available at the Greenville Area Community Center during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Tickets may be reserved online with MasterCard or VISA at www.flatriver.showclix.com (or by phone at 1-888-71-TICKETS).     

If you have any questions about tickets, this show, or anything else about the FRCP, call the Players at (616) 754-8207. You can also visit the website www.frcplayers.org, where there is a link to the FRCP Facebook page.

The Flat River Community Players group has been producing live comedies, dramas, and musicals in the Greenville Area for over 40 years.  Every local production is great fun and a valuable learning experience for the participants, both onstage and in the audience!

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