Leave it to college students to be this creative. When a missing aunt is needed as a chaperone in this turn-of-the-century comedy, a fellow male student suddenly finds himself dressed as the aunt.
Hope Summer Repertory Theatre presents Brandon Thomas' classic farce, Charley's Aunt, opening June 21 at 8 p.m. in the De Witt Theatre. The show alternates with other HSRT offerings until July 17.
Featuring three Equity Guest Artists, Charley's Aunt tells the tale of two male students who want to have the women they love visit them for lunch. But when Charley's aunt, who no one has yet met, delays her arrival, the two men find themselves without the necessary chaperone.
So, they convince a fellow student to impersonate the aunt. HSRT favorite, Equity Guest Artist Dana Snyder, (pictured left) dons the dress and the persona of the aunt who is coming from Brazil, "where all the nuts come from." When the real aunt shows up, and a couple of fathers get involved, the mayhem comes fast and funny. Synder is joined by other Equity Guests Artists, Mark Goetzinger (Ophans) and Chip DuFord (Joseph, Wizard of Oz), along with Simon Kendall and Jonathan Visser as the scheming students.
Cat Maddox, Kaci Gober, and Jill Nyquist are the women loved by the three students, while Lauren Halyard plays the real aunt. Tony Manna takes on the role of the insightful and humorous servant, Brassett.
Directed by Roger DeLaurier, this comedy will provide a wonderful evening of laughter for the whole family.
Charley's Aunt runs June 21, 22, 25, 27, July 2, 9, 11, 13, and 17. While at the box office, be sure to reserve tickets for the other great HSRT main stage shows, including the musical, Footloose, the gothic horror story, The Woman In Black, and the delightful family musical, Honk. HSRT's "second stage" show is the one-woman comedy Fully Committed, while we enjoy a return to the movies in the cabaret show, Hooray For Hollywood. The Children's Performance Troupe is presenting Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day and the Grimm's brothers' tale, The Bremen Town Musicians.
Tickets are available now. The ticket office is located in the DeWitt Center, on the Hope College campus, at the corner of 12th Street and Columbia Avenue in Holland. Prices range from $8-$24 for musicals, and $8-$18 for plays. Season coupons, ranging from $40-$57 are also available. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays, and one hour before all show times. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 616-395-7890.