CARTERVILLE -- After more than a year dark due to COVID-19, live theater is returning to the John A. Logan College stage this weekend. Audiences can enjoy a classic comedy in Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple" at JALC's O'Neil Auditorium Nov. 12-14.
Local favorites Ryan Patrick as Oscar Madison and Briar Fortkamp as Felix Unger lead a talented cast in a tale of opposites who decide to share a living space.
Christine Lipe and Elizabeth Davis play potential dates for Oscar and Felix, the Pidgeon sisters. Rounding out the cast are Poker Buddies: Travis Westbrook, Jeff Keasler-Byrd, Blake Zappa, and Dalton Miller.
Veteran director Pam Kimball said she is excited to return to the stage with such an outstanding cast of local talent.
This is truly an amazing cast," she said. "I believe this classic comedy will have the audience laughing from start to finish. I hope the audiences will come out and support our return to the stage."
Kimball has been directing at JALC for about five years, producing two musicals and three plays. A retired educator, Kimball taught at Benton High School where she was also one of the area's most successful coaches of Speech and Acting.
During her 34-year career, Kimball coached six IHSA state champions and numerous individuals that placed in the top five in the IHSA state competition.
Joining Kimball in the production crew are stage manager and costume designer, Rebecca Newburn; technical director, set construction, lighting, sound, and scenic design, Brandyn Mcgee; and assistant stage manager, floor manager, and props mistress Brooke Mayberry.
The series will kick off with a free performance at 10 a.m. on Friday, followed by evening performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and closing with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5278366.
Per the Governor's mandate, masks will be required while on campus.
Kimball said guests may choose their own seats in the theater to promote social distancing.
Individuals attending the matinee performance should enter campus off Greenbriar Road and inform officials at the check station that they are on campus to attend the performance.