by Ken Klingenmeier

Well, it has been a heck of a long time since I was involved in the acting side of a production, over 2 years actually. But somehow I snagged the role of the doctor in director Brent A. Wooldridge’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. This American classic is being offered by Carmel Community Players at The Cat venue in downtown Carmel. It opens Friday April 26th (7:30 curtain) and it has a terrific set of young cast-members. Laura Lanman Givens is taking the iconic role of Blanche DuBois, while Jonathan Scoble is Stanley Kowalski – these are two dynamic talents whom I have not worked with before. Mitty Award winner (2013) Addison Ahrendts presents Stella Kowalski, and Adam B. Workman handles the role of Mitch.

As I am writing this, we have gathered for “long Saturday”. Usually most community theatre productions kick off what is affectionately called “hell week” – the final, sometimes frenzied week of rehearsals, fittings, building, tech settings and, perhaps above all, memorizing, that leads to opening night – with a long Sunday full of prep work by the actors. Since Sunday is Easter, we are meeting today and taking tomorrow off.

All seems to be going well. My small part of the show occurs during the final 10 minutes or so – giving me a lot of wait time. It is probably the smallest part I have ever had in my theatre career, but I am totally fine just being a part of the production. I have experienced a few firsts in the process. Primarily, I’ve always wanted to act in one of Brent’s productions. I’ve seen more than a few of his shows and have found that he always manages to get a lot out of his actors and puts much thought into such things as production values and the like. It’s been a real pleasure to join his fine cast. He is open to suggestions from his actors and stays calm through all the many travails of building a production.

Jonathan Scoble (Stanley) and Addison Ahrendts (Stella) rehearse for CCP’s upcoming production of “A Streetcar Named Desire”

Speaking of building – the set is remarkable. Designer/builder Ron Roessler has taken the smallish Cat stage and filled it with a very genuine-looking flat that absolutely depicts the low-class digs of the Kowalskis.

So today we work away, fine tuning the actions, filling the gaps and creating what we all hope will be a memorable production of one of playwright Williams’ best plays. We hope you can attend our production. There are 7 performances – you can get schedule information and make your reservations by calling (317) 815-9387 or by going online: http://www.carmelplayers.org/tickets/ .

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