PFAA one-act comedies open March 24 Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Mystery writer Mrs. Busby, played by Monica Johnson, talks to her daughters, played by, from left, Nija Thomas, Madalyn Duvall and Callie Zarcone, about the ineptitude of the burglar who tried to break into their home during a rehearsal of “Nobody Sleeps.”
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If you’ve ever felt that your best wasn’t quite good enough, you can probably relate to the characters in a pair of one-act comedies that will soon take the stage in downtown Waynesville.

A salesman played by Dylan Balestraci, tries to give a business card to a potential client during a rehearsal of the one-act comedy “Ledge, Ledger and the Legend” at the Theater on the Square in downtown Waynesville. The play, along with a second one-act entitled “Nobody Sleeps” opens March 24.
The Pulaski Fine Arts Association will present “Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend” and “Nobody Sleeps” at 7:30 p.m. March 24 and 25 at the Theater on the Square.

The eight-member cast has been hard at work for the past eight weeks to bring this pair of short plays to life on the stage, according to director Lee Jacob. Although written decades apart — “Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend” was written by Paul Elliott in 1972, while “Nobody Sleeps” was penned by Guernsey LePelley in 1941 — the two plays take a lighthearted look at similar emotional themes, Jacob said.

“They both kind of have a sense of desperation, with characters who don’t feel adequate, or feel bad at their job and that kind of thing,” she said.

Each performance begins with “Ledge, Ledger and the Legend,” which places the action on the ledge of a tall building. There, a young man named Pete, played by Jamey Pellegini, contemplates taking his own life. But before he can do so, he is confronted by a peculiar pair of competing salesmen played by Dylan Balestraci and April Marshall.

“(They) try to make his experience the best it can be,” Jacob explained.

Balestraci, who has been in several previous PFAA productions, said taking on the role of the fast-talking pitchman J.M Millirbrout has been a positive experience.

“He’s definitely a fun character,” Balestraci said. “There’s a lot of fun wordplay in this play. I’m sure audience members who like wordplay, or who quickly pick up on things, will enjoy it.”

Following a short intermission, the cast of “Nobody Sleeps” will take the stage. Jacob explained that the play tells the story of a burglar named Spike, played by Chad Bolin, who gets taught a lesson in crime by some would-be victims.

“(He) breaks into this house that, unbeknownst to him, is filled with crazy women,” Jacob said. “The house is owned by a mother, who writes detective books, and her three daughters. They know a lot about crime, and they all try to convince him that he’s doing a terrible job.”

Monica Johnson plays the crime-writing mother, Mrs. Busby. Her three daughters include Daisy, played by Callie Zarcone; Ada, played by Madalyn Duvall, and Glory, played by Nija Thomas.

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Both productions feature sound by Curtis Wood, lights by Jesse McCart, and prop and set work by Dawson Warburton, Gabriella Folden and Tim Duvall. Toni Rowland is the stage manager for both plays, and also helped design some of the set pieces.

Jacob said the cast and crew have been a pleasure to work with since rehearsals began in January.

“These guys are great at listening and taking direction. They understand the scripts, which is always a plus,” she said.

Future performances of “Ledge, Ledger, and the Legend” and “Nobody Sleeps” are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. March 31, April 1, 7 and 8, and at 2:30 p.m. April 2.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. Tickets are available at the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau and St. Robert Family Dental in St. Robert, and at Seda’s Gift Shoppe in Waynesville.

For more information, visit PFFA’s website
Last Updated ( Friday, 07 April 2017 )