Drama group checks in to ‘California Suite’

CAbus players'Mr Frank Slater who has been mainly responsible for the construction of our sets over the last 40 years and has been somewhat of an unsung hero to the group.
CAbus players'Mr Frank Slater who has been mainly responsible for the construction of our sets over the last 40 years and has been somewhat of an unsung hero to the group.
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Cabus Players are preparing to perform the comedy “California Suite” by Neil Simon.

The performance comprises of four playlets linked together by their location of a bedroom suite in a Beverly Hills Hotel.

They were written as a stage play, with a film made in 1978 and directed by Herbert Ross. It had an all-star cast of Maggie Smith, Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Elaine May and Michael Caine.

The cast at Cabus will be slightly less well known, but nonetheless very enthusiastic!

In the play, visitors arrive from New York, Philadelphia, London and Chicago, with each set resulting in their own separate playlet.

The type of humour in each is varied, ranging from wordplay in a poignant drama to the out and out slapstick of a bedroom farce. The playlets have adult themes, which make them unsuitable for younger children.

The group’s construction team, led by Mr Frank Slater (the Players’ unsung hero who has been mainly responsible for the sets over the last 40 years) plus Albert Kelsall and Diana Slater, have been constructing a split set, so that half the stage will be a bedroom and the other half a sitting room. To ensure that all the audience get a good view of the action, most of the dividing wall between the rooms is omitted and, as a result, the actors will have to be careful not to walk through the invisible wall!

Tickets for the production are only £5, which includes a free programme and refreshments and makes for a top value evening’s entertainment.

They are available from Billingtons in Garstang, Cabus News in Cabus and can be reserved, to be picked up at the door, by leaving a message on 01995 605608.

The curtain rises in Cabus Village Hall at 7.30pm on Thursday, April 19 and the production runs to Saturday, April 21.