"Barefoot in the Park" Continues this Weekend
(Le Mars)-- A new show opens this week at the Le Mars Community Theater's historic Postal Playhouse. "Barefoot in the Park" by Neil Simon explores what happens when a free spirit marries a straight-laced lawyer. The story really gets interesting when you fix up an eccentric upstairs neighbor and the conservative mother. Theater veteran Audrey Scholten plays the mother of young wife Corie Bratter, who I just so happen to have the opportunity to play, in the production that opens this Friday. She says that this role is particularly wonderful because years ago she played the part of the daughter, and now gets to take on the role of mom.
Scholten is a member of the board for Le Mars Community Theater and has acted in over 10 productions with them. She also has directed multiple shows. Audrey says she is always involved with the productions in some way because she feels that theater is very important for communities like Le Mars.
There will be a brand new face on the Postal Playhouse stage for Barefoot in the Park. Mark Strub, local boy and manager of Bike Central in Le Mars, plays the telephone repair man-Harry Pepper. Also in the cast are Michael Phipps as Paul Bratter and Dan Delperdang and the neighbor. You will also see some Le Mars stage veterans making a brief cameo appearance as the delivery man.
Lisa Opheim, who has appeared in two shows at Le Mars Community and has worked for a number of years with the Spencer Community Theater, is directing "Barefoot in the Park." The show opens Friday and also runs Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Additional dates are Thursday November 3rd through Sunday the 6th. Evening shows start at 7:30 with Sunday matinees at 2pm. Reservations can be made by calling the box office at 546-5788.