Tuesday, May 7, 2013

OU-C theater program to present light-hearted comedy Hocus Pocus

The Ohio University-Chillicothe theater program will present the light-hearted comedy Hocus Pocus at 8 p.m. on May 10 and May 11 in the Bennett Hall auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and free for OU-C students. Group rates of $8 per ticket are also available.

The play, written by Jack Popplewell, is a British farce set in the 1960s and concerns identical twins, one an Anglican minister and the other a financier who, for financial reasons, must  switch roles. The love interests of both young men, along with an attorney and a housekeeper, keep things rolling along.

“It is fun to explore two persons,” said actor Connor Boyle, who plays the roles of twin brothers Simon and Peter Ross. “One brother is very na├»ve and sweet, while the other is a sleazy stockbroker. It is fun to play a role where you have to be in each other’s world.”

“The play uses a split stage,” director Ken Breidenbaugh explained. “On one side, we are in a little vicarage office attached to a church in Sussex and, on the other side, we are in a posh hotel suite in the Mayfair district of London.”

“It is a wonderful comedy that is terrific, fun and a great exercise in this kind of quick performance,” Breidenbaugh said. “If you liked The Butter and Egg Man (the most recent OU-C production), here is a play that is for you.”

Keigan Detty plays the role of Janet Jones. “I can relate to her. She is very quiet and reserved, and yet she wants to get out there and be herself,” Detty said. “Janet wants to be naughty yet nice.”

Tommy Culver plays the role of Alderman Knebworth, “who is on the board of trustees. He is very serious and no one likes him, but he gets things done.”

Actors in the upcoming OU-C production of Hocus Pocus are (from left on couch) Meka Yaakovson, who plays the roles of Mrs. Gravestock, Mrs. Vincent and Claire; Tyler Stewart, as Harry Windover; Keigan Detty, as Janet Jones; and Connor Boyle, who plays the twins Simon and Peter Ross; (back, from left) Ben Roark III, as Luther Gates; Lauren Scharfetter, as Bella Newell; and Tommy Culver, as Alderman Knebworth.

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