Illness cancels ‘Virginia Woolf’

“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” has been canceled entirely, because of extended illness among cast members.

The show was originally scheduled to run for two weeks, then the start was pushed back a week when the lead actor came down with pneumonia. Then when his understudy also fell ill, it was reduced to a one-weekend showing, but now another main actor is ill to the point that she is unable to speak audibly.

So the show has been canceled completely, according to co-director Jackie Herbert.

With just a four-person cast, every role is equally important.

The cast included Andrew MacNeill, Carol Rundell, Jessica Luther and Bill Powell.

Illness had plagued this production since the beginning, and now it has canceled the show.

Powell took over for original lead actor Matt Southwell, who came down with pneumonia with only two weeks until the originally planned opening of Jan. 10.

So Powell stepped in to take over the lead role of George, but the opening was pushed back a week, to Jan. 17, then extended illness led to condensing the play to show today through Sunday, but that won’t be happening now.

Herbert said Rundell is ill to the point that she is unable to speak her lines loud enough for the audience to hear.

She said the cast will regroup in February to talk about possibly rescheduling the show for later this year.

Herbert added that those who have purchased advance tickets can get a refund.

To learn more about getting a refund, call the box office at 989-354-3624.

Alpena Civic Theatre is located at 401 River St., Alpena. For more information, visit www.alpenacivictheater.com.


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