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Rehearsals are currently underway for Paris Community Theater’s production of “Run for Your Wife”, a hilarious British farce, written by playwright, Ray Cooney, which had audiences rolling in the aisles in London and New York.
It’s about a taxi driver, who gets away with having two wives in different areas of London because of his irregular working schedule. Everything that could go wrong, does, as the cabby tries to keep his double life from exploding. Hilda Mallory is directing this production.
This fast paced, rollicking comedy is full of laughs as the cast attempts to go through their daily routines. The action takes place in the home of John and Mary Smith in Wimbledon and in the home of John and Barbara Smith in Streatham. Primarily, the main set, which is the lounge of a modern flat, “doubles” for both homes. Throughout the play, action will be taking place simultaneously in each of the flats, but the inhabitants of each flat are, naturally, oblivious to the others. John seems to be missing since he does not turn up where he is supposed to be, and both wives become so anxious that they contact the police in their respective section of London. In fact, he had an altercation with some rowdies and ends up in the hospital. He is taken to his home in Wimbledon by Detective Sergeant Troughton, where he discovers that he has lost a lot of time and memory. Enter his up-stairs neighbor, Stanley Gardner, who becomes embroiled in John’s attempts to keep his secret life from unraveling.
The cast includes John “Terry” Bull as John Smith, the taxi driver; Sherry Scott as Mary, the first wife; Becki Wisenhunt as Barbara, the other wife; David Fielding as Stanley Gardner, the upstairs neighbor of John and Mary, who unwittingly gets drawn into the complications; Jim Hamaker as Detective Sergeant Troughton; Charlie Thompson as Detective Sergeant Porterhouse; Justin Gallant as Bobby Franklyn, the flamboyant up-stairs neighbor of John and Barbara; and Audrey Faires as the Reporter.
Stage crew includes Betsy Mills as Assistant Director; Justin Gallant as Stage Manager; Audrey, Faires Assistant Stage Manager; Josh Maxwell, Technical Director; and Charlie Thompson, Set Construction.
“The play is a little risqué,” director, Hilda Mallory, said. “Suggestive, with sexual innuendo, filled with mistaken identities, sight gags and enough comic lines to fill an encyclopedia of humor, but it might not be suitable for everyone. It is not offensive, just full of fun for everyone.”
“Ameriprise Financial is sponsoring “Run for Your Wife,” Mallory said. “We are really grateful to Thomas Callaway and James Callaway, financial advisers at Ameriprise, for taking the interest in our theater and helping bring this production to our many friends and theater lovers.”
Play dates are March 21-23 and 27-30 at the Plaza on the Square. For more information, call the PCT office at 903-784-0259 and reserve your seats.
Paris is filled with picturesque locations and scenery, just waiting to be painted. While location is essential for painting a work of art, perhaps what’s most important is the artist’s ability to capture and showcase the beauty of any location. Whether you possess a love for art or an appreciation for all that Paris has to offer, come by the Plaza Gallery downtown tonight and check out the Southwestern Watercolor Society Art Show!
The work on display is a collection of watercolor paintings created by members of the Southwestern Watercolor Society. Joe W. McCord is Chairman of the Plaza Art Guild. According to him, the paintings will be “plein air,” meaning “in the open air” or, in other words, paintings that represent the outdoors.
“The theme is ‘Paint Paris’,” he said. “Almost all of the watercolors are pictures of Paris landmarks, historic Paris buildings and residences, and other recognizable places in Paris, TX.”
Helen Short is a member of the Plaza Art Guild and Paris Art Study Club. According to her, signature member and past president of SWS, Walt Davis, personally brought the collection, which was hung for display this past Saturday morning. Davis undoubtedly has a strong presence in the art community, so his involvement is not something to be overlooked.
“He was curator of exhibits at the Dallas Museum of Natural History for fifteen years,” Short said. “[He] is also scheduled to demonstrate at the March 26 meeting of the Paris Art Study club.”
Of course, no art show is successful without the help of everyone involved.
“All of the members of our art guild contribute their time and resources toward making every show successful,” McCord said. “This includes organizing shows, advertising for shows, and the actual planning and providing of our own catering to each event we have at the gallery.”
Approximately 15 artists’ works will be displayed and available for public viewing. McCord hopes that a good turnout will lead to more frequent art shows in the future.
“Hopefully, a strong showing of viewers will bring the event through on a regular basis, once in the spring, and once in the fall,” he said.
The show will run from March 6th to March 28th, but the opening show will be held tonight from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 8 West Plaza. This show is guaranteed to be unique. Not only does it forever preserve Paris on paper, but the scale is something to be noted. According to McCord, a typical art show is usually only for one featured artist, whereas Paris has the honor of being represented by over a dozen beautiful works of art.
“We are excited that this show is of many artists, and that the paintings will be pictures of our own town,” McCord said.
The hearts and dedication of many went into planning this show, so it’s okay to have high expectations: you will not be disappointed.
By Courtney McNeal, eParisExtra
William Shakespeare’s tale of greed, witchcraft and murder, Macbeth, opens Thursday night at Paris Junior College. Performances will be at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Ray Karrer Theater, Feb. 27-March 2.
According to PJC drama instructor and play director William Walker, the show is based on the power of three. There are three sisters, three murders and three titles – Thane of Cawdor, Thane of Glamis, and king. In keeping with the original folio, the Hecate scene added after Shakespeare’s death was removed.
“In this production, the sisters are on stage the entire show,” said Walker. “They’re the manipulators. With this production we’re pushing the mysticism and magic, addressing the big question ‘if you could know your future would you want to know it?’ Macbeth doesn’t have that choice of knowing.”
In the story, though Macbeth is originally content to wait to become king. Lady Macbeth puts evil in motion by wanting to be queen immediately.
“The more we talk of it and rehearse, the more the students latch on and like the story,” Walker said. “Everyone in this play has an ulterior motive. Back in this gothic period, everyone was out for his or her own good. Whatever they could do to improve their situation they would do it. Once I told the students there were no good guys in this play, they took that and ran with it. No one trusts anyone. The kids are having a blast and the community members are having a great time working with everybody. “
Shakespeare’s play is set in Scotland and dramatizes the corroding psychological and political effects produced when its protagonist, the Scottish lord Macbeth, chooses evil to fulfill his ambition for power, eventually plunging the country into civil war. In the end, he loses everything that gives meaning and purpose to his life before losing life itself.
Cast List: Duncan, King of Scotland: Tim Wood; Malcolm: Cody Rice; Donalbain: Dalton Smith; Macbeth: Riley Collard; Banquo: Austen Naron; Macduff: JJ Freelen; Lennox: Josh Maxwell; Ross: Juan Espinosa; Mentieth: Derek Dacus; Angus: Caleb Curtis; Fleance: Haley Hines; Siward: Bradley Allen; Young Siward: Cade White; Seton: Mike Risinger; Macduff’s Son: JJ Shurbet; The Doctor: Colin Bridgers; Sergeant: Derek Dacus; Porter: Colin Bridgers ; Old Man: Colin Bridgers; Murderer #1: JD McNeal; Murderer #2: Christian Schneider; Murderer #3: Jocelyn Herndon; Lady Macbeth: Paige Collins; Lady Macduff: Elizabeth Schneider; Gentlewoman: Stephanie Schardt; Sister #1: Lisa Martin; Sister #2: Gwen Steinecke; Sister #3: Kaytlyn Zimmer; Messenger: Tyaisha Allen; Servant: Amanda Lair-Barnett; A Lord: Derek Dacus; Attendants & Soldiers: Ensemble.
Ensemble Members: Derek Dacus, Juan Espinoza, Amanda Lair-Barnett, Tyaisha Allen, Bradley Allen, Stephanie Schardt, Elizabeth Schneider, Colin Bridgers, Josh Maxwell, and Mike Risinger.
Crew List: Director: William Walker; Assistant Director: Haley Hines; Technical Director: Alex Peevy; Stage Manager: Taren Sartor; Assistant Stage Manager: Leah Maxson; Sound Technician: Tori Hunt; Light Board Technician: Marcus Kraut; Production Crew: Samantha Turner and Marcus Kraut; Construction Crew: Theatre Practicum; Costume Construction: Theatre Practicum, Samantha Grace, Cynthia Beene, Donna Deverell and the cast of Macbeth.
For information or ticket reservations, please call 903-782-0488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come celebrate the beautiful life of Britney Stevens today at a benefit hosted by her friends for her family from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Depot in Paris.
There will be a silent auction from 3-9 p.m., as well as raffles for an original Kenny Scarberry painting and a custom AR-15. Raffle tickets are $5.
Barbecue plates will be available for $5 and cash donations for the cause will be accepted at the door. Entrance to the event is free.
There will be live musical performances from favorite local performers, such as Justin Rosson and Jasmine Martines, The Draggin’ Man Band, Pearl Street Riot, The Done Deals, Jeremy Phifer & the Texas Badwater Band, Thieves of Sunrise, Michael O’Neal, John Grigsby, Alex Addy, Shane Keeling, Kenny Avery and Kayla Jo Reger.
Britney was a spirited 22-year-old who tragically lost her life on Sunday, January 5, in Pearl Mississippi. She graduated from Paris High School in 2009 and then Texas A&M Commerce in 2013 with a degree in business management. Britney graduated Cum Laude and was a member of Kappa Delta. She was the daughter of William Paul & Mary Ann Coburn Stevens and was born May 10, 1991, in Dallas.
The Paris Community Theatre will be holding auditions for “Run for Your Wife” at the theatre on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 5 p.m. and on Monday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m . The cast calls for two women and six men.
“Run for Your Wife” is a great, fun, English farce. The play is being directed by Hilda Mallory.
PCT is always looking for new, fresh faces — all are encouraged to audition. For more information, visit the PCT website at pctonstage.com