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“Best Seats in the House” at Traer Library, April 23-26

April 15, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

A comedy in two acts will be presented at the Kupka Cultural Center in the Traer Public Library on April 23-26. Titled, "Best Seats in the House," the setting is a small-town caf in Missouri. Like many places of its kind, it is the center of the community, especially for four women who are lifelong friends. From their regular table in the cafe they have a clear view of all the town happenings hence, they have the "best seats."

One woman suspects her husband of infidelity, one is denying her age, one is looking for a new romance, and the fourth woman has an off-beat husband who joins her hair-brained schemes. Add a new young waitress with her fresh perspective and the humor abounds.

Performances will be on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30 on April 23, 24, and 25, and on Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at NuCara Pharmacy, the Traer Library, the Traer Museum, or by calling Maurita at 319-478-2559. Seating is limited.

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This will be the world premier of this original play written and directed by Linda Wiges. Linda is well-known to the theatre community. She has performed in numerous productions in the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area and has directed several plays as well. She has also produced and directed other original plays. Locally, she directed "Steel Magnolias," in Buckingham, "Stressed to Kill" in Clutier, and "Murder in the Ole' Depot," in Traer.

The cast consists of Traer folks plus several from other communities. The young waitress role is played by Kayla Carlson, the North Tama Band Instructor. Other Traer residents in the cast are David & Patty Calderwood, Alice Chizek, Larry Hassman, Mark Keefer, Royce Ohrt, Ann Robinson, and Ella Wicks. Diane Maxwell, Dotta Hassman, Linda Merritt, and Joy Thorson, play the lifelong friends.

The set for this comedy was constructed by Josh Youel and students from the North Tama High School. Props have been donated from several community businesses and individuals. Proceeds will benefit the development of the Traer Salt and Pepper Shaker Gallery. Light refreshments will be served following the play.



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