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Playgoers of Lethbridge holding auditions for “TIl Beth Do us Part” dinner theatre

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 Playgoers of Lethbridge is looking for a few good men and women for their October Dinner Theatre of  Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones and Nicholas Hope’s 2010 farce “Til Beth Do us Part.”
 Auditions are at Casa, Tuesday, July 3 and Thursday July 5 from 7-8 p.m.
“They often write together,” said director  Lori Garner, who makes her directorial  debut with Playgoers of Lethbridge with this production.

"Career-driven Suzannah Hayden needs a lot more help on the home front than she's getting from her husband, Gibby. Lately, nurturing his marriage of 27 years hasn't been the highest priority for Gibby, but pretty soon he'll wish it had been. Enter Beth Bailey, Suzannah's newly-hired assistant, a gregarious, highly-motivated daughter of the South. To Suzannah's delight, Beth explodes into the Hayden household and whips it into an organized, well-run machine. This couldn't have happened at a better time for Suzannah, since her boss, Celia Carmichael, the C.E.O. of Carmichael's Chocolates, is flying in soon for an important make-or-break business dinner. Gibby grows increasingly wary as Beth insinuates herself into more and more aspects of their lives. In no time, she exceeds her duties as a household assistant and interjects herself into Suzannah's career. As Suzannah's dependence on Beth grows and Gibby's dislike of the woman deepens, Suzannah gives Beth carte blanche to change anything in the household that ‘will make it run more efficiently.’ And the change Beth makes is convincing Suzannah that Gibby must go. When he realizes it's Suzannah's career Beth is really after, a newly-determined Gibby sets out to save his marriage aided by Suzannah's best friend, Margo, a wisecracking and self-deprecating divorcee and her ex-husband, Hank, who is in the midst of his own mid-life crisis. Their effort to stop Beth at any cost sets up the wildly funny climax in which things go uproariously awry just as Suzannah's boss arrives for that all-important dinner,” according to the official synopsis.

“I’ve been involved with The Raymond Playhouse for 37 years and thought it would be fun to try my hand at directing in Lethbridge,” she said.

 The play requires four women and two men, ideally in their late 40s and 50s.

“Suzanna runs her own company, and Gibby is a weatherman, he expects her to still do householdy things even though she runs her own company,” she said.
 The play takes place in Cincinnati, Ohio.

“But it would be fun if Cecilia was actually a British woman in her 60s,” she said.

“It’s definitely not a kids show. It is an older cast of actors in their late 40s and early 50s. But depending on who comes out, we can adjust,” she said.

There are a lot of funny parts in the play.

“There’s one part where Hank gets  the Mustang in the divorce and Margo sends it to home one piece at a time, saying the divorce doesn’t say he gets it all at once,” she laughed, adding the play has a lot of fast paced dialogue so the actors will need excellent comedic timing.
“It‘s very lighthearted like a dinner theatre should be,” she said.

The dinner theatre will run in the Country Kitchen, beneath the Keg restaurant Oct. 23-27.
 Garner would like to start rehearsals in mid-August.
“But it depends on the actors schedules. If someone wants to be in it, but is away for August then we can increase the number of rehearsals in the Fall,” she said.

— by Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
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