Homer’s outstanding community theater on the Spit, Pier One, has managed to outdo itself again as it concluded two weekends of what was billed as “light” comedy; four plays by three Alaskan playwrights and one from Syracuse, NY.
Director Nancy Chastain, with the assistance of Ken Landfield, perfectly aligned the plays for an evening of fun.
Valdez creator Dawson Moore wrote the first play of the evening, “Alyson & the Great Bagel Mistake.” Lead actor Peter Sheppard plays lovesick Austin Johnson who is afraid to approach Alyson, played by Maria Fourier. His friends and former lovers, Amber (Amy Christianson,) Shannon (Lauren Cashman,) Dylan (Jody Gaines) and Barry (Cody Gaines), hassle and goad him on until he finally makes his move.
Laughter could be heard streaming from Pier One Theatre during “Raven’s Radio Hour,” a play by Jack Dalton and Ed Bourgeois, performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the Homer Spit.
Based on the concept of Prairie Home Companion, the humorous storytelling is a combination of Native American legends, stories and present day cultural occurrences such as the bossy Auntie tradition. There was even a joke on the Homer Spit Rats.
The American childhood song, “The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar, that tomorrow, there’ll be sun” can be heard from Pier One Theatre in the continuation of the play “Andy.” For those who ventured to the Homer Spit for the sun and theater, this weekend was the premiere of “Andy.”
If the plot of a curly-haired orphan searching for his family sounds familiar, that’s because it’s another version of “Annie.” Harold Gray wrote the cartoon strip “Little Orphan Annie,” which was first printed in 1924. The Pier One Theatre and Homer Council on the Arts production went with the original mindset of the screenwriter to use a boy orphan as the star, which was a perfect fit for the lead role, Falcom Greear.
A cast comprising 21 students from the musical “Into the Woods,” as well as Drama, Debate and Forensics team members, will put on the play, “Chicken Every Sunday” on Friday and Saturday at the Mariner Theatre.
Based on the novel by Rosemary Taylor, the play is described as a “bucolic farce” set in the early 1900s.
Emily Blachman (Homer’s Adi Davis) has converted her mansion into a boarding house so that the Blachmans, “will have a roof over their heads and something to eat,” said Director Amy Christianson, Homer High School DDF coach and band director.
“As she suspects, the day will come when her imaginative husband Jim (Jonas Noomah) overextends himself in his enterprises,” Christianson explained. “He is president of the trolley line, of a bank, and of a laundry business, but is always broke and borrowing money for new investments.”
Thodos Dance Chicago, an internationally acclaimed dance company featured in a PBS special, comes to Homer this weekend to share expertise as a rare treat for dancers and audiences.
Workshops Friday and Saturday are followed by a full scale performance at 7 p.m. at the Mariner Theatre.
As they perform their vibrant choreography, Thodos Dance Chicago has been described as breathtakingly athletic and powerfully beautiful.
Audiences are in for a delightful performance from a level of skillful dancers that normally do not venture far from the large metropolitan areas.
The Homer Council on the Arts and Pier One Theatre are collaborating to hold after-school youth theatre training courses this school season.
A 12-week program called “TheatreShakes” will start September 7, with instruction being held Wednesdays at Homer Council on the Arts. The goal of this program is to develop basic theatre skills and perform a short version of William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” with Brenda Dolma directing. No experience is required and any experience level is welcomed, according to a press release. The focus is on middle school age students but any interested child may register. A minimum of 12 students is required for TheatreShakes.
Marc Oliver directs and costars with Ruby Quarton in an intense two-character play, Oleanna, opening Saturday.
Written by David Mamet, the play dramatizes a power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being awarded tenure.
As in many of these types of conflict, it’s a case of ‘he said, she said’ and sorting out the truth.
The curtain goes up on a stage. Three young men stand center stage; Mark, a filmmaker, Roger, a songwriter and Collins, the philosopher. This is the musical Rent . The history behind the show, the play itself, the cast and behind the scenes are all important parts of this love story.
Homer High’s Concert Choir presents the rock opera “Rent,” in three shows this weekend, the story of impoverished artists and musicians living in New York’s Lower East Side.
The presentation is based on Puccini’s opera, “La bohème.” Roger, played by Jody Gaines, is reeling from his girlfriend’s suicide, and is HIV positive. He wants to write “one great song” before he dies.
Things have gone very bad for Arthur.
His wife, Esther, has run off with his friend. And, while Arthur is able to weather the crisis — thanks to the small community library he runs — his library is becoming obsolete.
And libraries are in Arthur’s blood. His father ran one before him, using the organizational decimal system that his great-grandfather Melville Dewey invented.