Middlesboro Little Theatre is promising tons of laughs from their upcoming comedy classic “The Odd Couple.”
Performances for the show run from Wednesday to Sunday at the Middlesboro Central Auditorium. The evening shows for Wednesday through Saturday are at 7:30 pm. Sunday will have a matinee premiering at 2:30 pm. Students and seniors get in at a discounted rate of $6. General admission is $10.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. While this is a comedy, the show has some adult themes that should be considered when deciding if your children should come watch the production.
In this female adaption of Neil Simon’s popular story, caught up in the emotional aftermath of the separation from her husband of 14 years, neat-freak Florence Unger decides to bunk with divorced slob Olive Madison. Florence and Olive, accompanied by their four best friends and two hot-blooded Latinos, face unwanted situations, some loused up romantic evenings, and comedic mayhem. Directing the laughter is MLT’s Amy Simpson.
Amy Simpson, skilled actor, director and playwright, has an MFA in writing with an emphasis in playwriting from Spalding University. An experienced director of MLT plays, Simpson’s most recent success was last fall’s Frankenstein. She is also noted for her writing and directing of the local history play Nellie, which debuted in the spring of 2013.
Working alongside Simpson as The Odd Couple’s stage manager is theatre veteran Judy Cox. A valued member of MLT, Cox has much experience in and around the theatre. She loves working with the young people in her community and is thrilled to be a part of this production.
Making her MLT debut as the prissy Florence Unger, Sonya Rackham is a spritely young woman who adores the theatre. Her favorite role to date is Laurie from LMU’s production of Oklahoma. When she is not pursuing her love of theatre, Sonya can be found practicing Tae Kwon Do, in which she has a black belt, and teaching her three children about the arts.
Rackham’s counterpart is librarian and music lover Bonnie Banks. Banks is playing Olive Madison in the production and is not new to acting. She frequently participates in historical enactments alongside her daughters. She was also the wicked Alma in Middlesboro Little Theatre’s Nellie.
Playing the street smart cop Mickey is MLT newcomer Stefanie Honeycutt. The 27-year-old theatre junkie studied vocal music education at Cumberland College. Of her involvement in The Odd Couple, Honeycutt says, “I am happy to join this cast as a way to further my progress as a performer.”
Barbara Rowlett, playing the matron of her group, Vera, is not a stranger to the stage. A veteran of MLT, she has starred in local productions of such classic plays as Arsenic and Old Lace and Harvey, as well as MLT’s original production of Nellie. Rowlett is elated to be in the Odd Couple and is an amazing addition to this cast.
High school junior Hilarie Spangler makes her onstage debut as the sassy Renee. Although this is Spangler’s first appearance on stage, she has worked behind the scenes for MLT before.
Talented high school senior Clayton Baker brings character Jesus Costazuela to life in his second MLT production. Clayton most recently portrayed Dr. Frankenstein in the fall production of Frankenstein.
Manolo Costazuela, enchanting brother of Jesus, is played by experienced actor Jonathan Spires. Spires is a passionate and devoted actor, portraying such roles as the Creature in MLT’s Frankenstein, and various other roles in LMU productions.
Chloe McMurray plays the role of sassy southerner Sylvie. Most recently, she portrayed devoted yet ditzy housekeeper Sophie in Frankenstein.