Fellow Film Club Members:
As most of you are already aware, back in mid-February, I auditioned for a local community theater, ACT 1 THEATRE PRODUCTIONS, in Sumner. The play is Reginald Rose’s TWELVE ANGRY MEN. I was fortunate to be cast in the part of JUROR #3, a wonderful part played in the past by Lee J. Cobb, and George C. Scott in film productions of this script. It was done as a teleplay in 1954. Sidney Lumet’s movie came out in 1957. Another film came out in 1995.
They started doing plays of the script in 1995, first in London, then New York, and now here in Sumner, WA. The script we are using was written by Sherman L. Sergel.
Working in Community theater certainly has it’s challenges. Most of the cast can only rehearse a few evenings per week, after work. To try and find 12 men for the cast, for a small 50 seat warehouse theater was a daunting task, but our director, Petra Karr, has done, and is doing a remarkable job with us.
I have not performed in a play for over 30 years, so making a ten week commitment, and facing the perilous task of memorizing a lead part has been very stimulating, albeit stressful. But at this point I can already see we will be ready by April 12. The cast are all excellent, and I really feel that we will provide an exciting night at the theater.
Some of you have mentioned that you might attend one of the (9) performances, and I promised that I would put the ticket information, and the performance schedule here on our Club blog. Tickets, of course, are reasonable, and can be ordered on line.
The theater’s web page is http://atheatrepro.com/
The performances will be April 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28. The tickets are $15.00 for adults, and $10.00 for seniors. The Friday night performances are at 7 p.m. The Saturday & Sunday performances are at 2 p.m.
ACT 1 PRODUCTIONS Studio Theater is located at 5814 152nd Avenue Court East, Suite 104. Any of you familiar with Sumner are aware of the Fred Meyer store at the main intersection in town, corner of Main St. E & Valley Ave. On the east end of the store complex is the Garden Center. Our Theater is easy to see from there. You can park along the fence in the strip mall parking lot.
Perhaps I will see some of you after a performance.