By Kathy L. Collins
The Village Players will present 75th Anniversary revised edition of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town beginning on Friday, August 9 at the historic James McCabe Theatre in Valrico. As has become a tradition of the Village Players, Opening Night will be a Dinner and a Show. This is no ordinary Dinner and a Show. It is a means to raise funds to be used to renovate and rehabilitate the historic James McCabe Theatre building which will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2015.
The Opening Night Dinner and a Show is sponsored by Tammy and Paul Holmberg, owners of the Chick-fi-A located at 11325 Causeway Blvd. and inside the Westfield Brandon Mall. “We were looking for a sponsor for Our Town. Their great food and style exemplifies the Real American Cuisine that goes along with our play,” said Gail Pierce of the Village Players.
The Dinner and a Show, which begins at 6:30 p.m., is just $25 person. You get a great meal, get to see a fabulous and iconic American play and can help preserve a historic site right in our community. Seating is limited, so make a reservation by calling 643-8292 and leave a message on the Village Players’ hotline.
If you can not make Opening Night, there are plenty of performances being offered. Performances will be offered at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 16; Saturday, August 10, 17 and 24; and two Sunday Matinees on August 11 and 25 at 3 p.m.
Tickets are $14 for General Admission; $12 for Students, Seniors and Military with ID; $10 for groups of 12 or more with reserved seating available.
Our Town is a three act play set in the fictional American town of Grover’s Corners. The play tells the story of the town’s citizens in the early 20th Century through their lives. The play is performed without a set and the actors mime their actions without the use of props.
The James McCabe Theatre, located at 506 5th St. in Valrico, has been the Theatre Home for the Village Players for many years. The Village Players are a non-profit organization, and they have been entertaining the Brandon community for over 40 years.
For more information and to reserve a spot, please call 643-8292 or follow the Village Players on Facebook.