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SHS drama teacher directing play for Little Theatre

Monday, December 4, 2006

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Sikeston Little Theatre actors: Mike Marsh, Abby Reeve, Amber Holman and Charles Palmer rehearse.
SIKESTON -- Directing plays is nothing new to Barbara Shriver.

But a first for the Sikeston Senior High School drama teacher is directing a production at the Sikeston Little Theatre.

"I have directed many plays but not at the Little Theatre," Shriver said. "But every time you start to direct it's different in some way because you have a different cast and there's a little twist on everything -- even if you've done something before."

Although Shriver is accustomed to directing teenagers, she's no stranger to working with adults, she said.

"My first directing experience many years ago was with adults and I've been involved in other community projects," Shriver said "... It is different -- I don't know how it's different, but it's fun no matter who you're directing."

Tickets went on sale Wednesday at Collins Music in downtown Sikeston for the Sikeston Little Theater production of Neil Simon's classic comedy "Barefoot In The Park," which begins performances next week.

Auditions took place at the end of October so the cast ha only been working together for four weeks.

"Things are going great," Shriver said. "The cast is doing a marvelous job, and I'm very pleased with them. I'm hoping a lot of people will come to this show. I've been getting good vibes from the community and I think we'll have packed audiences."

Set in 1963, "Barefoot in the Park" chronicles a young newlywed couple, Corie and Paul, who move into a New York apartment, where they meet interesting neighbors and experience the ups and downs of marriage.

"Corie (played by Amber Holman of Cairo, Ill.) is a stay-at-home wife and is just learning how that is, and her young husband, Paul (played by Charles Palmer of Sikeston) is a rising, young attorney," Shriver explained.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Harris, Abby Reeve and Mike Marsh, all of Sikeston. Dianne Jarvis of Sikeston is the assistant director of the production.

This isn't Jarvis' first role as assistant director of a Little Theatre production, and like Shriver, she said everything is going well.

Jarvis also praised John and Teresa Fisk, who are responsible for set design and construction.

"John usually does the musicals and sometimes the youth productions, and we were fortunate enough to get him to do the sets for this production," Jarvis said.

The set looks almost exactly like the movie, Jarvis added.

Shriver agreed.

"John has taken my wants, desires and needs and made it materialize before our eyes," Shriver said. "And with Teresa's art, you can't beat it."

Performances are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 7, 8, and 9 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 10. Tickets are $6 in advance.

"It's a light comedy," Shriver said. "If you like light comedies and Neil Simon's plays, you will like this. If you're in for a light, feel-good night, then you should see this play."