The ivy halls of Cambridge, an English tea garden and a turn-of-the-century drawing room…all settings for the White Pine Players production of “Charley’s Aunt,” a hilarious comedy of young lovers, mistaken identities and, well, Charley’s Aunt.
When Charley and Jack plan to propose to their girls at an afternoon luncheon, their plans change radically when Charley’s Aunt, Donna Lucia D’Alvedorez, sends a telegram that she will be delayed for a while.
Knowing that the proper young ladies will not stay without a chaperone, they convince their friend, Fancourt Babberly, to dress in the guise of an old lady and become Charley’s Aunt… “from Brazil where the nuts come from.”
When the girls’ guardian and Jack’s father show up, followed shortly by Charley’s real aunt, mayhem ensues.
The production will be presented “in the round,” with the audience on all sides of the action.
This is a new challenge for these fine young actors since the audience is in such close proximity to the players. This style of theater gives an intimate feel to the play and allows the audience to feel like a part of the action.
White Pine High School’s Drama instructor Kathryn Tucker has not presented a production in this style since 2006.
The choice of performing the play in the style of theater “in the round” (or arena theatre) only allows about 85 audience members per show. Due to the limited capacity, all seats will be sold by reservation only and will be available at Economy Drug.
Any seats not sold by an evening’s performance will be available at the door. All seats are $8. Tucker recommends that patrons not wait to buy their tickets until the last minute since the last show completely sold out and there will not be the option of adding seats.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. on March 28, and continue on March 29, 31, April 3 and 5, with matinee performances on both Saturdays at 1 p.m. on the high school stage. Audiences will thoroughly love “Charley’s Aunt” as they watch the plan of these proper English gents become unravelled. Don’t wait to buy your reserve tickets.