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DRAMA, COMEDY AND ROMANCE FOUND IN ‘BUS STOP’ The Villages Theater Company presents “Bus Stop” by William Inge from May 16-20 at Mulberry Grove Recreation Center. “Bus Stop” is a set in a diner near Kansas City in early March 1955, where travelers on a bus have been forced to spend the night due to an unexpected snowstorm. The ensemble cast of eight includes Becky MacIntyre, Vincent Maury and Gail Baumann of the Village of Santo Domingo, Steve and Laney Smith of the Village of Liberty Park, Don Hausmann of Orange Blossom Gardens, Jim Beddia of the Village of Ashland, and Glenn DeForge of the Village of Largo. The play has a mixture of dramatic, romantic and humorous moments. Sandie Hawthorne, director of the play and resident of the Village of Country Club Hills, brings acting and directing experience from a number of performing groups within The Villages. She thought this play would be well liked in the community because of its thoughtprovoking characters. “The characters make this show, not the plot,” Sandie said. “During the night, each character changes. We see eight people get the chance to change and grow.” Go & Do Entertainment Briefs Vincent Maury plays Dr. Lyman, whose character makes a transformation as Sandie described. “He’s a very complex character (Dr. Lyman), highly educated and very dramatic with a penchant for alcohol and an eye for young women. However, he does have an epiphany and cleans up his act,” Vincent said. Leslie Reed, publicity director for the Villages Theater Company and resident of the Village of Sunset Ridge, said, “Inge’s play is full of humor and passion, with fresh and engaging characters. I think it will be performance everyone really can enjoy.” Tickets for “Bus Stop” are now available at The Villages Box Office. COUNTRY VARIETY SHOW BENEFITS LOCAL CHARITIES The Make Someone Happy Show Troupe’s show, “Calico Capers,” is a benefit for the Christian Food Pantry and Make-A-Wish Foundation. All the group’s profits from the shows will be split between the two charities. Showtimes are at 7 p.m. May 8 and at 2 and at 8 p.m. May 9 at Savannah Center. Tickets are available at The Villages box offices. “Calico Capers” is a country musical variety show written and directed by Betty Ganz, in which she describes a typical country jamboree that includes an entertaining mix of pickin’ (music), grinnin’ (comedy), God (spiritual) and country (patriotism). Betty said there is always a tremendous spirit in the cast because of the charities involved, and that people are attracted to the group because of its giving nature. Matt Malott, resident of the Village of Santiago and MAY 2008 performer with the group, said rehearsals have been going well. “I think we have a good bunch of people. It makes it fun,” Matt said. Matt also is the minister of the New Life Christian Church, Lady Lake. He thinks his role as a ballerina in the skit “Miss Hogwash Pageant” will sell a few extra tickets to church members. “It will be another proud moment for our church,” Matt said, laughing. Matt will show a more serious side, too, with his other appearance in the show, a vocal solo titled “On the Wings of a Dove,” a country ballad and spiritual. “The people of The Villages are going to love it. It’s corny humor. People who want to enjoy themselves for a performance — this show is the one to see,” Matt said. 58

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Villages - May 2008

The Villages - May 2008
Watch Stars Under the Stars
Latin Dancing Makes for Fun Fitness
Villagers Become Dragons
Eyes on the Prize
Making Graceful Moves in the Water
Students Create Culinary Ecstasy in Pizzas
Summer Plants and Flowers
Brain Exercises
Shopping & Dining Guide
Retail Briefs
Entertainment Briefs
Major Events

The Villages - May 2008