Village Players to present 'Our Town' in Valrico
VALRICO - The Village Players will present a revised, 75th anniversary edition of Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" in August. Directors Paula Spangler Klein and her husband, Mike Klein, "bring this classic into the 20th century visually, but the playwright's message, that every minute of life should be valued, remains the same and timeless as always," said Gail Pierce, Village Players publicity and promotions director, founding member and past president. Opening night will be a dinner theater sponsored by Tammy and Paul Holmberg, owners of the Chick-fil-A restaurants at Lake Brandon Village and Westfield Brandon. Dinner will include chicken, coleslaw, potatoes, tea and lemonade.Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, for dinner; curtain will rise at 8 p.m. The dinner and show combination is $25 per person. The theater troupe seeks to raise at least $14,000 to replace the roof of their playhouse, the 98-year-old James McCabe Theater, a registered historical site, formerly the Valrico Civic Center. "The roof has run its course. Patching is no longer an option to prevent any further structural damage," said Pierce. "We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization looking for sponsors for our dinner theaters as well as local businesses to help us bear the costs of the roof." Seating is limited; reserve a seat by leaving a message on the Village Players hotline, (813) 643-8292. "Our Town" will continue its regular run (without dinner) at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17 and Saturday, Aug. 24, with matinees at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11 and 25. Tickets for the show are $14 general admission, $12 students, seniors and military with identification and $10 per person for groups of 12 or more. Groups must purchase tickets in advance and may request reserved seating. Send community news to Barbara Routen at Neighbors@tampabay.rr.com.