Somers Village Players to present ‘The Ladies Man’

By Annie Gentile - ReminderNews
Somers - posted Fri., Apr. 5, 2013
(L-r) Christine Zdebski as Marie and Alex Carrasco as Etienne in the Somers Village Players’ ‘The Ladies Man.’ Courtesy photo. - Contributed Photo

The Somers Village Players’ Dinner Theater presentation of Charles Morey’s comedy, “The Ladies Man,” will be staged on April 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27 at Joanna’s Banquet Facility at 145 Main St. in Somers. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 7 p.m. and showtime at 8:15 p.m.

“We used to have our shows at Camp Ayapo for years, and my husband oversaw an elaborate buffet, but about 10 years ago the facility fell into disrepair and we had to find a new venue,” said Dee Moak, who helps handle publicity for the Village Players. “We wanted to keep the dinner theater aspect, and Joanna and Jeff Lipton really go out of the way for us, even altering the stage for us. It’s turned out to be a very nice arrangement.”

“The Ladies Man” is directed by Shirley Warner, who has directed other Village Player shows, most recently last spring’s production of “Moon Over Buffalo.”

“I have a theater degree from UConn and worked professionally at StageWest in Springfield, in administration, when it was there,” said Warner. “I have been involved in theater one way or another most of my life, joined the Village Players when I moved to Somers in the late ’70s, and have acted, directed and had many other positions with the group.”

“The Ladies Man,” Warner said, is based on a French farce and is a very funny show with a lot of running in and out of doors, double entendres, and mistaken identities. “It’s the kind of show that doesn’t have a message. It just says, ‘Let’s have a good time,’” Warner added.

“When directing I need to like the show first, and this one seemed to have a lot going for it,” said Warner. She said the Village Players had not done a period costume show in a long time, which made things interesting for Joyce Benson, who is doing the costuming, as she was kept very busy researching and searching for appropriate costumes. “The set is challenging, too - five doors on our small stage! Our tech director, Justin, who is also acting in the show, was able to design a plan to work, and our designer, Franc Agrus, is having an enjoyable challenge adding details to make it look Parisian in the early 1900s,” Warner said.

According to the synopsis of the show on the Somers Village Players website, Dr. Hercule Molineaux, recently married,  tells "one, tiny, little, hardly noticeable lie to cover an innocent but embarrassing indiscretion. From that single untruth tumbles a cascade of increasingly convoluted deceptions, misunderstandings and mistaken identities.”

The cast is made up of several “regular” Village Player performers, as well as a good mix of new-to-the-Village-Players actors who have auditioned for and taken on roles with the show. Auditions for the show began in January and the cast has been rehearsing ever since.

The Somers Village Players was formed in 1971 by a group of local residents, and over the years, the not-for-profit organization has lent its support to the Somers High School Drama Club and provided thousands of dollars in annual scholarships. The group also sponsors summer classes for children’s theater.

Tickets for the shows are $35 each, and reservations are required. For the Box Office or for more information, call 860-265-3342.

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