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By Erin Tierney
The Creswell Chronicle 

Past Prime Time Players present: 'The Last Footlights' on June 10

A musical comedy about the ups and downs of life after retirement

 

June 7, 2018

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Gerdy (Pat Weaver) tells her friend about her crush on Noah (Mark Dean) in a rehearsal of the play "The Last Footlights" at Creswell Presbyterian Church on May 24. The two-act play, directed by Jan Felton, is written with older cast members in mind - something she says rarely happens. "As a senior myself and a theater person all my life, I felt it needed to be said, Felton said.

A delightful musical comedy about the ups and downs of life and love after retirement is making its way to Creswell. The Past Prime Time Players, a theater group for adults over 50, will be performing their production of "The Last Footlights" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 at Creswell Presbyterian Church, 75 S. 4th St.

This year's cast includes local talent from Creswell residents: Tim Jenkins and Jacque Robertson act in the production, and Rock Oakeson is the production's music arranger and pianist.

The story is set in a senior center, where love, friendships and frustrations are depicted in a humorous yet endearing way. The play is written and directed by Jan Felton of Springfield, who said the Past Prime Time Players was started by older adults, for older adults and is likely the only place seniors can audition for plays like this.

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Martha (Chris Hugo) shows Lucy (Jacque Robertson) and Beb (Kathy Marx) at McKenzie Lane Senior Center during a rehearsal of the play "The Last Footlights" at Creswell Presbyterian Church on May 24. The play, which took a couple of years to write, has opened in three venues and is currently slated to open for free on June 10 at 2 p.m. in the church.

The production received a standing ovation during its two previous shows in May - one in Springfield and another in Eugene - and the Players are excited to be performing in Creswell for the very first time.

"It is fascinating to come play in Creswell," Felton said. "I've been here a long time. I started Players, oh, about eight years ago, but have always played in the Eugene and Springfield area, so this will be fun."

Musical theater often lacks roles for older adults, so the Players fill that need, Felton said, adding that although the cast is exclusively made up of seniors, this is a play for all ages. The play offers insightful dialog and delightful songs that will resonate with everyone.

Creswell Presbyterian Church Pastor Seth Wheeler said he's had the privilege of watching the production, which had him laughing out loud.

This event is free and is open to the public, but a "freewill" offering will be collected. All proceeds benefit Creswell Family Relief Nursery.

Seating is limited, so please call 541-895-3419 to reserve a spot.

 
 

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