Theater company brings a classic sitcom to the stage in black-and-white '50s flair


October 03, 2002|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Fresh from receiving a proclamation from County Executive Janet S. Owens in recognition of their Silver Jubilee next year, the folks at Pasadena Theatre Company are eager to begin their fall season tomorrow with a production that is both old and new.

Company President Sharon Steele was pleased to announce an original stage work -- An Evening with the Honeymooners -- based on the classic 1950s Jackie Gleason television series. As co-producer of this show with Tony Anzalone, Steele plans many surprises that should heighten the audience's fun at almost every performance.

Members of the audience are invited to imagine they are part of Gleason's studio audience watching him and his talented cohorts performing their routines as Brooklyn bus driver Ralph Kramden and his wife, Alice, along with sewer man Ed Norton and his wife, Trixie.

Having assembled a collection of choice Honeymooners episodes, Pasadena's crew adapted these vintage television skits for on-stage presentation. Chuck Dick, who plays Kramden, will direct the production. Having been told often that he bore a striking resemblance to Gleason, Dick might now find the Kramden role tailor-made for him.

Tom Dulaney stars as Ed Norton, with Melissa Meyd as Alice and Tina Clary as Trixie. Supporting players include co-producer Tony Anzalone, Paul Clary, Todd Krickler, Johnathan Grubbkruger, Judie Di Carlo and Kathy McBee. In addition to this talented cast of performers, Steele promises surprise guest stars who should add to the fun at a number of scheduled performances.

"Our production will be done entirely in shades of black, white and gray in keeping with the old days of black-and-white television," Steele said. "All of the '50s period costumes will be in these colors, and even the set furnishings will be predominantly in gray."

To authenticate the atmosphere at the auditorium, Steele encourages audience members to wear 1950s attire in properly monochromatic shades to the show.

Pasadena Theatre Company also has announced the remainder of its season.

After the Honeymooners run, the troupe will again present the holiday favorite It's a Wonderful Life on three weekends beginning Nov. 30. Both shows will be held at the Humanities Recital Hall at Anne Arundel Community College.

This season's musical production will be A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, scheduled for four weekends in spring. The company hopes to finalize plans to present the show in the Main Theater at Chesapeake Arts Center.

An Evening with the Honeymooners runs from tomorrow to Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays.

Tickets are $12 for theater company members and $15 for nonmembers.

Information and tickets: 410-969-1801, www.pasadena

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