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Freedom Plaza hosts double delight

When Freedom Plaza residents want to experience live theater, they don’t have to go far. They travel just a few steps out their doors and into the auditorium, where they find entertainments varied enough to suit almost any taste — from concerts and comedies to melodramas and more.

Recently they found two of their fellow residents on stage set to give them an engaging night at the theater. “Two for the Show” was comprised of three separate scenes from three different plays.

The opening scene from “On Golden Pond” depicted Norman and Ethel Thayer in their Maine summer cottage, rocking and arguing about mundane matters but in reality about life itself.

The second segment, a complete short comedy called “Welcome to Acceptance,” was set in a small town bank where a new teller finds herself dealing with a robber.

The final scene was the familiar and unfailingly funny “I’m Herbert,” a rapid-fire conversation between two old people not clear on exactly who is who.

This delightful trio of treats was performed in the popular mode called reader’s theater. A favorite among seniors, this style allows actors to read their scripts rather than memorizing them, yet still exhibit their acting skills through gesture, vocal inflection and facial expression.

The “two” in “Two for the Show,” M.J. Rice and John Foster, certainly possess a wealth of those acting skills. Now members of our drama club, Plaza Players, both bring to their new venue impressive backgrounds in theater arts.

Rice began acting as a child, continued through her school years into college, then went on to do stints in summer stock theater. Her involvement in community theater includes both administrative and stage work.

Foster is a prize-winning poet and familiar to area residents from his one-man poetry and music presentations. During his long-time association with Pelican Players, he both acted in and directed numerous theatrical productions.

Freedom Plaza is fortunate in having two such gifted residents who willingly shared their talents in “Two for the Show.”

Peggy Burgess is an associate of Freedom Plaza and a columnist for The Sun.

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