COME PLAY WITH US! One and all are welcome to participate in Jamestown’s community theater troupe: The 2ND Act.
Whether you enjoy the spotlight or prefer the shadows back stage, there is place for all who would like to participate. Actors, stage hands, set builders, ushers, servers, production crew, props and costuming… We have a place for you!
CONTACT 2nd ACT: Director, Lori Dorr at 701-320-9579
The Trouble With Cats by Gary Ray Stapp
Performance Dates: Dinner Theater – November 13, 14 and 15 at 6:00 pm
THE STORY: An experienced house-sitting couple gets more than they bargain for when a Minnesota homeowner intentionally double-books her lakefront domicile through HouseSitters.com in order to ensure she can get away from it all for an entire month. When the second house-sitting couple arrives, there is an immediate clash between generations. In one corner, there are the upper middle-class and socially-skilled Julians from New Jersey, and in the opposite corner, the anti-materialist and free-spirited vegans from North Carolina who have decided they don’t even need a last name. Personalities collide even further when the Bombays from next door add their own twist to being neighborly with either a constant barrage of trivial pursuits or an onslaught of candid crankiness. And if that weren’t enough for the Julians to deal with, they get another surprise . . . the uninhabitable master suite is in the midst of being actively remodeled by the Cheshires, a trio of sisters, two of whom are skilled laborers with personal problems of their own and the other who is a chocoholic ditz. Without a head of household, there is little rest or relaxation for anyone…except for maybe the cat…if the house sitters could only find the elusive little creature.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gary Ray Stapp is a big fan of the comedy genre, he strives to mesh the art of one-liners with a good balance of physical buffoonery to create story lines that are quirky, yet with a sense of normal, and populated with characters that are colorful and vivid. He diligently tries to weave a story that an audience from all walks of life can enjoy, and hopefully even laugh at in reflection a few days later.
In February 2007, he was named the Kansas Arts Commission’s 2007 Mini-fellowship winner for playwriting. In 2008, his play Fashionably Late was chosen as the winner of a national playwriting contest titled “The Funniest Play on Earth 2008.” Currently, he is associated with several play publishing companies.
Relative Values by Noel Coward (2014)
Relative Values is a satire of snobbery in all its guises, it deals with the clash of cultures between Hollywood stars and the English aristocracy. The story is set in 1952 England, where Nigel, the Earl of Marshwood, woos Hollywood star Miranda Frayle, upsetting both his mother, Countess Felicity of Marshwood, and her former love, fellow Hollywood star Don Lucas. Right before the engagement party, Moxie, the Countess’s personal maid and best friend reveals that Miranda is her estranged sister. Crestwell, the Countess’s butler, quickly devises a plan-but an inebriated Lucas’s arrival at Marshwood to try to talk to Miranda causing all chaos to break loose.
Southern Hospitality (2013)
Southern Hospitality finds the Futrelle Sisters in trouble again. This time, the problem is bigger than ever: their beloved hometown, Fayro, Texas, is in danger of disappearing and it’s up to the sisters to save it from extinction. Ever since the Super SmartMart and the rendering plant closed, folks have been leaving Fayro in droves. It seems a salsa manufacturing factory is looking to relocate and a company representative is headed to Fayro on a scouting mission. So now it’s up to the citizens of Fayro to quickly make a big impression. How the Futrelle sisters and the other citizens of Fayro, pull together and save their town is a testament to Southern strength and ingenuity—and a recipe for total hilarity.
Almost Maine (2013)
On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend—almost—in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.
Several affluent couples gather in the posh suburban residence of a couple for a dinner party celebrating their hosts’ tenth anniversary. However, they discover there are no servants, the hostess is missing, and the host – the deputy mayor of New York City – has shot himself through the earlobe. Comic complications arise when, given everyone’s upper class status, they decide they need to do everything possible to conceal the evening’s events from the local police and the media.
The Odd Couple (2012)
Felix and Oscar are an extremely odd couple: Felix is anal-retentive, neurotic, precise, and fastidiously clean. Oscar, on the other hand, is the exact opposite: sloppy and casual. They are sharing an apartment together, and their differing lifestyles inevitably lead to some conflicts and laughs.
Barefoot in the Park (2012)
A comedy about the just-married Paul and Corie Bratter who move into a dilapidated New York brownstone apartment. Faced with reality after their honeymoon high, the young couple clashes over the building’s disrepair, their eccentric neighbor, a surprise visit from Corie’s mother, and ultimately at the heart of it all, Corie’s free-spirited ways vs. Paul’s more conventional personality.