(Le Mars) –– Live theater is back in Le Mars, and the experience will be a throwback one. The Le Mars Community Theatre is currently in rehearsal for the 1940’s radio play “Jake Revolver: Freelance Secret Agent” by Matthew Konkel. Performances are scheduled this weekend, May 6th-9th.
You’ll feel transported back in time with this radio noir play, in which private detective Jake Revolver, played by Joe Ouradnik, fights to uncover the killer of his own narrator played by Bob Hill. The script is full of slapstick humor, commercial spoofs hilariously delivered by Jennifer Scholten and Eddie McKee, and live sound effects performed by Curt Sitzman. Other characters help, and hinder, Revolvers quest to uncover the truth. Those cast members include: Jeff Neary, Ken Niehus, LCT newcomer Tracie Ritz, Angela Riedeman and Denny Callahan playing, you guessed it, the “Radio Announcer.” The show is under the direction of Pete Laskie.
Another “character” in this Le Mars Community Theatre Production is the stage it’s being performed on in the Plymouth County Museum’s Central Gym. The historic feel of this space really lends itself well to make those in the audience, and in the cast, feel like they are performing “back in the day.” The decision to leave the Postal Playhouse space is just a temporary one due to COVID-19 and social distancing concerns. The seating space available in the Old Central Gym allows for an audience of about 200 with ample social distancing. Seating will be on the floor in chairs and in the bleachers on a first come, first serve basis. It is suggested that you still buy or reserve your ticket ahead of time to make it easier to get people seated upon arrival, but you may purchase tickets at the door. If you are a Le Mars Community Theatre Membership holder, your 2020 membership is being honored for this season. If you’d like to see the show and you’re not a member, tickets are $15 and can be booked online at lemarslive.org or by calling the box office Monday-Friday 11:00am to 1pm at 546-5788.
Show nights for the Le Mars Community Theatre’s production of “Jake Revolver: Freelance Secret Agent” at the Plymouth County Museums Central Gym are Thursday, May 6th- Saturday May 8th beginning at 7:30pm with a Sunday Matinee at 2pm.