dates for THE OCTETTE BRIDGE CLUB are March31-April 3.
Watonga Community Theatre’s spring show THE
OCTETTE BRIDGE CLUB features eight sisters who get together to support each
other, offer advice, tell secrets, and occasionally finish a hand of bridge.
THE OCTETTE BRIDGE CLUB comes to the Liberty
stage in Watonga, for four productions, Mar. 31, April 1, 2, 3. The show
runs nightly at 7:30 PM and has one Sunday matinee at 2:30 PM.
The eight sisters are joined by two young
photographers who come to take their official portrait for The Providence
Journal. Set in New Jersey during the 30’s and 40’s, the Catholic sisters
get together twice a month. Although they are delighted to have their
picture taken, the sisters also give the young men a lesson in their family
Playing the roles of the sisters are: Nadine
Pearson, Martha McDermitt; Nancy Hursh, Mary Donavan; Meradith Hursh
Norris, Nora Hiller; Joyce Ivins, Connie Emerson; Terri Boucher, Alice
Monahan; Micky Morgan, Ann Conroy; Ariana Farris, Lil Carmody; Meagan
Mathews, Betsy Bailey; Jovan Perez, Gerald Porter, and Jay Bessinger, Robert
Norris......................Now she can add this to her list
of community involvement. March 31st through April 3rd,
Norris will play the role of Mrs. Lawrence Hiller (Nora), in
Watonga Community Theatre’s production of THE OCTETTE BRIDGE
CLUB at the Liberty Theatre. “Just from promoting Watonga and
talking to other communities in the state, I knew that Watonga
had a reputation for quality theatre. It’s something that makes
our town unique. As a child and teenager I went to lots of
movies at the old Rook theatre. So, it’s really fun to be up on
this stage. It had been a long time since I had to memorize
anything, but everyone is so supportive and encouraging that it
has really been a lot of fun. It’s a challenge but I’m glad I
took the risk and auditioned. Getting to be someone else is
just one of the many benefits. You also get to give something
back to your community.”
Norris grew up
in Hitchcock and is a graduate of Watonga schools. Her parents,
who still live in Hitchcock are Ted and Pat Hursh. She and her
husband Steve also live in Hitchcock. He has worked as a live
haul driver for Seaboard Foods in Hennessey for 10 years. He’s
received the president’s award for two years in a row from his
company Her son Ryan works at the prison in Hinton. Norris
says her hobbies include reading (Steven King is a favorite
author) and decorating her house. Her interest in decorating
led her to a small business venture “Some More of Your Bees
Wax”, a home-made line of bees wax candles.
Derek Ryan, lives at Calvin and goes to school at Stuart, OK.
He’s helped her run her lines and she said, “Looking at the
world brand new through my nine-year-old grandson’s eyes is one
of my very favorite things!”
join newcomers Terri Boucher, Oakwood, Arianna Farris, Fay,
Jovan Perez and Jay Bessinger, both from Watonga. They will
join Meagan Mathews, Sayre, and Nadine Pearson, Nancy Hursh,
Joyce Ivins and Mickey Morgan, all of Watonga.
Set in the
1930’s and 40’s the play is about eight sisters who laugh, love,
gossip, argue, make up and try to improve their bridge game.
Tickets go on
sale March 28th. Box Office hours are from 3:30 to 7
and the number is (580) 623-9666. Show dates are Friday, Mar.
31st, Saturday, April 1, and Monday, April 3 at 7:30
PM. The Sunday matinee is April 2 at 2:30. Tickets are $6 for
seniors and students and $8 for adults.
Also from out-of-town is Meagan Mathews,
Sayre, and currently a graduate student at SWOSU, Weatherford. Audiences
will remember Mathews as Patsy Cline in previous productions of ALWAYS…PATSY
CINE and PATSY CLINE…REVISITED.
Recently the Watonga Lions Club made a large
donation for the purchase of lights to the theatre. Lighting designers
James Tech and Nancy Hursh, with advice from professional consultant, Darryl
Rodriquez, Amarillo, Texas, are working on special lighting for the theatre.
Stage managers and crew for the show are Janet
Moore, Melissa Giles, Heather Simmons, Hilary Wright, Tiffany McDaniel,
Aarti Gosai, and William Hartfield. Ron Moore is set builder and Marie
Tech is the costume designer. Patt Ward Curtin directs.