It's 'April' in Black Swamp Players' Bowling Green

9/20/2012
BY JULIE NJAIM
BLADE STAFF WRITER

BOWLING GREEN -- Two bored American housewives rent an Italian villa with two English strangers this weekend in Enchanted April presented by the Black Swamp Players at First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green.

The characters have an intriguing mix of personalities and find themselves in interesting situations during their month-long stay.

Lottie, played by Sharon Esper, is adventurous and outgoing. She convinces her shy friend Rose, played by Crystal Soto, to travel abroad. They need two more women to offset the cost and meet the English women when they arrive at the villa. Their housemates are Lady Caroline Bramble, a 28-year-old widow played by Beth Morgan, and Mrs. Graves, an older, bossier widow played by Patricia Rudes.

This romantic comedy is based on the 1922 Elizabeth von Arnim novel, said director Willard Misfeldt. He greatly enjoyed the 1992 British film of the same name and was excited to suggest the romantic comedy to Black Swamp.

Misfeldt also is designing the set. This marks the veteran designer's 80th set. He always designs the sets for the shows he directs as well as sets for other productions. He has designed for Black Swamp, Toledo Repertoire Theatre, and Village Players Theatre.

He's found this set challenging in some ways and is looking forward to the end product, especially the terrace scene. "That has given me the opportunity to design, what I hope, is my best set ever."

"Enchanted April" will be performed at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday through Sept. 29 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 30 at First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. They are available at Grounds for Thought coffee shop, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. Information: blackswampplayers.org.

Free Festival

The Frederick Douglass Community Center will host its annual Jammin' at the Doug festival at noon Saturday and will announce upcoming free arts classes.

Classes will be offered at the Indiana Avenue center for third through eighth grade students and will include percussion, dance, theater, youth gospel choir, and Woodberry Park inventions and art.

Toledo School for the Arts will provide the festival entertainment with performances by Glass City Steel, Urban Jazz, and Afro-Caribbean Drums & Dance.

Jammin' at the Doug will be held at noon Saturday at the Frederick Douglass Community Center, 1001 Indiana Ave. Information about the event or the free arts classes: 419-329-0361.

Croswell

ADRIAN -- The Croswell Opera House will be filled with laughter and song this weekend as it presents The Rat Pack Lounge and The Irish Comedy Tour.

Frank, Dean, and Sammy are sent back to earth at 3 p.m. Friday to finish some unfinished business with the owner of the Rat Pack Lounge. They have one night to make things right and will perform more than 30 of the pack's hits including "Everybody Loves Somebody," "My Way," and "What Kind of Fool am I?"

Irish-American comedians Jim Campbell, Joey Carroll, Derrick Keane, Mike McCarthy, and Derek Richards will take the stage at 9 p.m. Friday to validate some and dispel other Irish myths as they create the atmosphere of a Dublin pub. Their adult humor also pokes fun at stereotypes and covers sensitive subjects.

"The Rat Pack Lounge" will be performed at 3 p.m. Friday and Sunday at the Croswell Opera House, 129 E. Maumee St., Adrian. Additional performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sept. 29. There also is a 3 p.m. performance Sept. 30. Tickets are $28 for adults, $25 for seniors and students, and $15 children 12 and younger. "The Irish Comedy Tour" performance will be at 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $16 for the balcony seats and $19 for main floor seats. Information: 517-264-7469 or croswell.org.

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