Friday, October 31, 2014

Readers Theatre: "Close Encounters of the October Kind"

A full-house audience helped the Readers Theatre group usher in Halloween with "Close Encounters of the October Kind," a series of comic skits. Dawn Keller and Ron Gill shared director duties, and sound effects were provided by Rosa Mena, our expert sound technician.
Two new RT members, Linda Crockford (below left) and Nancy Ellis (below right), joined Lois Wellard, Grant Thomas, and Ron Gill in "The Strip Teaser and the Space Warp" written by Joseph Slotkin.

Other new Readers Theatre members this semester are Ruth Stevens and Linda Scott. "Og Announces Drift Theory" written by Ron Gill, featured Jim Mariani, Lois Wellard, Linda Lindley, and Linda Scott. 
Reading duties for "The Widow's Broom," written by Chris Van Allsburg, were shared by several RT members: 
From left: Audene Campbell, Linda Crockford, Ruth Stevens, Dawn Keller, and Linda Scott.
The reading was accompanied by spooky graphics projected behind the Readers. Above, from left: Dawn Keller, Linda Scott, Jane Riley, Donna Jordahl, and Carol Nelson.
"Madcap Monster Inn," by Frank V. Priore, gave the Readers an opportunity to don costumes and access their "inner monsters." Above, from left: Linda Scott, Grant Thomas, Donna Jordahl, and Jim Mariani.
Donna Jordahl, as the mysterious desk clerk of the Inn, welcomes Count Dracula (Dawn Keller, above) and a Witch (Linda Lindley, below).
Rounding out the afternoon's performance, was "The Three College Professors," written and directed by Ron Gill. The skit was a re-imagining of the stereotypical alien encounter tale, with an academic (and musical) twist.
From left: Aliens Jim Mariani, Linda Crockford, and Nancy Ellis greet Professors Audene Campbell, Linda Lindley, and Linda Scott. Grant Thomas was the narrator.
Once the professors decoded the basis for alien communication (golden oldies), they sang, "Give Peace a Chance," and the NKA audience joined in.
Happy Halloween, everyone!