“Sorry, Wrong Number” – Lorrie Hoeh is featured in the dramatic play to be presented by Western Mountains Senior Players on Sunday, Dec. 10, at Gould Academy.

Senior Players to stage seven one-act plays

BETHEL – Western Mountains Senior Players, under the direction of Lynn Arizzi, are returning with another performance of seven plays to be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Gould Academy’s McLaughton Auditorium in the Science Building, Church Street. The public is invited and admission is free.

Among the seven one-act plays is a version of the dramatic play, “Sorry, Wrong Number.” Written by Lucille Fletcher, the play features Lorrie Hoeh as an invalid who overhears the planning of a murder.

The 10 players have supporting roles in the play as telephone operators, a hospital receptionist, a Western Union operator, the two murderers, a lunch counter attendant and a disinterested police lieutenant played by Mary Colbath. Early theater-goers may remember this play as a movie starring Burt Lancaster and Barbara Stanwick.

The remaining six one-act plays include “Ladies at Lunch,” “I Wanna Be a Cowboy,” “Lemonade Stand,” “The Employment Agent,” “Variations on the Death of Trotsky” and “Bye, Bye Brevoort.”

Appearing in one of more of these plays will be Joe Arizzi, Jodi Carter, Leigh and Read Dickinson, Sharon Lyon, Karen Paul, Lynn Mason and Rosabelle Tifft as well as Hoeh and Colbath.

Director Arizzi said players carry their scripts with them, and no memorization of lines is required. This makes the players different from regular theater groups. However, as in all theater companies, the players follow stage directions, use props and develop the characters they are portraying. Lynn Arizzi said senior colleges are using this concept all across the country.

She also brings a wealth of experience to the senior players, from teaching high school and elementary school music, to supervising the entire music department in Virginia’s Fairfax County public schools, to participating in a Little Theater group.

This is the second program for the senior players, the first one being held last May. Lynn Arizzi said the players have rehearsed weekly since September and challenge themselves in the art of theater.

Senior players are sponsored as a course by Western Mountains Senior College and it is open to all members as one of a variety of courses and programs offered for adults ages 50 and over. For more information, call Lynn at 824-0080.

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