The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

October 11, 2013

‘Charley’s Aunt’ at Harbor Playhouse will keep family laughing

By SHELLEY TERRY - sterry@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — The road to love can be a drag. Just ask the cast of Harbor Playhouse Theatrical Co-Op’s three-act family comedy “Charley’s Aunt.”

The play, which first debuted in 1892 in London, opens in Victorian England with Oxford University students Charley (Maximilian Ruane) and Jack (Doug Warren) writing letters to the girls of their dreams Amy (Ave Warren-Perts) and Kitty (Felicia Leonard).

The men are madly in love and will go to any lengths to please them. Consequently, the students get stuck in a misunderstanding of love, chaperones, and an accidental cross-dressing when Charley’s wealthy aunt Donna Lucia’s trip to town is squelched, but then ...

 “Well, you will have to see the show,” Sara Perts, Harbor Playhouse operating director, said, noting Ellen Kolman, who has many comedic parts under her belt from the Ashtabula Arts Center, plays Aunt Donna.

“I was drawn to the play because it’s very funny and very family-oriented,” Perts said. “I’m also excited about having Aaron Drews in the director’s chair.”

The play was written by Brandon Thomas, directed by Drews, and is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. New York City.

Its farcical charm has withstood the test of time, and is brought to life once again on the Harbor Playhouse stage with an energetic cast of 10, which includes both new and familiar faces to the area’s community theater scene, Perts said.

Rounding out the cast are Louie Ruane, Patrick Garrod, Caleb Smith, Anastasia Smith and Bethanna Ernspiker.

“Charley’s Aunt” will be performed Oct. 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Children under the age of 6 are free. Concessions will be sold at intermission to benefit the Playhouse.

The Harbor Playhouse Theatrical Co-op is a community theater dedicated to providing wholesome opportunities for those in the area to both view and be intricately involved in the art of the theatre. The Playhouse is located at 341 Lake Ave. in the Ashtabula Harbor.

For more information on the Harbor Playhouse Theatrical Co-op, including this event, email info@harborplayhouse.org or call Perts at 969-8380.