Missoula Community Theatre to Present Ken Ludwig's LEADING LADIES
The dark January doldrums can be effortlessly shaken off with powerful belly laughs, which is one reason the Missoula Community Theatre is presenting Ken Ludwig's hilarious non-musical farce, Leading Ladies, Jan. 23-Feb. 2 at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts. Ludwig's comedies (Lend Me a Tenor) are legendary for their fast pace, flamboyant characters, and clever antics of mistaken identity.
Director Rosie Seitz Ayers expresses, "Identity has always been one of the biggest puzzles each individual has to solve for themselves. This play delightfully reminds us how to be true to ourselves and keep looking to find where we relate to others rather than compare our differences."
Leading Ladies is the story of Meg, a young woman in 1958 York, PA, who yearns for more than she can see from her front yard. As she cares for her ailing, wealthy aunt, Meg encounters two exciting and inventive out-of-work Shakespearean actors, Leo and Jack, who are masquerading as her cousins, Maxine and Stephanie, in hopes of inheriting a fortune. Hilarity ensues and love blooms as these characters find themselves in new and crazy situations.
Ayers notes that laughing with the cast non-stop has been a rollicking disruption during rehearsals. "This cast is amazingly talented and truly comic geniuses. Although the play is set in 1958, the hijinks, characters and themes are timeless. We have found a way to allow the perspective of now to influence our view of the past while keeping the classic nature and authentic image of the time period."
A well-known regional performer and teaching artist herself, as well as a director, Ayers adds that the Leading Ladies cast and crew "look forward to rehearsal all day and don't want to leave when it is over." She suspects the audiences for Leading Ladies will have the very same experience.
Tickets for Leading Ladies are available at MCTinc.org.
*Leading Ladies will take place at the MCT Center for the Performing Arts Jan. 23-Feb. 2, 2020. Tickets are available at MCTinc.org; by calling 406-728-PLAY(7529); or at the MCT Box Office, which is open Mon.-Fri. between 9AM and 5PM. The production is sponsored by First Interstate Bank; Garlington, Lohn, and Robinson; and the Silver Slipper Sports Bar.
Photo Credit: Abigail Gilbert