October 23, 2013
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – P. J. Barry’s sentimental comedy, The Octette Bridge Club, will be presented two weekends this November by the Lake Michigan College Theater Department, under the direction of Dr. Calvin A. McClinton. The performances will be Friday and Saturday nights, November 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee, November 10 and 17, at 3 p.m.
Take a peek into the lives of the eight Irish Catholic Donovan sisters of Rhode Island as they gather on the third anniversary of their bi-weekly bridge club. The year is 1934 but the sisterly gossip they share is as fresh and bitter as a pot of coffee. Martha, the matriarch of the family (Kris Behr), is a staunch, over-bearing widow. Her personality is pitted against her baby sister, Betsy (Danielle Babcock), who is struggling to find her identity.
Rounding out the cast are Mary (Lynn Mainwaring-Atilla), the kind, sympathetic peacemaker and the only sister that is unmarried; Connie (Meghan Pelkey), the cut-up of the family; Nora (Carol Orlaske), who is still madly in love with her husband; Alice (Melanie Green), who has no children and is taking care of her ailing sister, Mary; Ann (Robin-Maria Hegendorfer), who is hosting the bridge club; Lil (Ana Urbani), the songbird; and Robert Foster (Chris Humphries), the photographer from The Providence Journal.
Act II, which takes us to Halloween 1944, is a bit more revealing as the secrets in the cards begin to unfold. Come join us for an evening of fun, laughter, and memorable moments from a by-gone era. (Extra points if you can sing along with all of Lil’s songs.)
Ticket prices are $7 for general seating, $5 for students and senior citizens, and $4 each for groups of 20 or more. All performances will take place at Lake Michigan College’s Hanson Theater in the Mendel Center for the Arts and Technology. Tickets are available by calling the Mendel Center Box Office at (269) 927-1221 Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or at the door one hour prior to each performance.