Rogers City Community Theatre presents ‘The Nightingales’

Courtesy Photo The cast of the comedy, “The Nightingales,” from left to right, are Elaine Heidemann, Jodi Kamyszek. Mike Marx, Theresa Gibson, and Bill Powell at the piano. The play opens Friday at Rogers City Theater.

ROGERS CITY — Fall into comedy this weekend with “The Nightingales” at Rogers City Theater.

Rogers City Community Theatre has been working on the fall production, which, according to a press release from Director Karl W. Heidemann, will be a “laugh-a-minute comedy.”

Written by Peter Quill, “The Nightingales” is set in the 1950s. It centers around a dramatic family that performs both at home and onstage.

Heidemann said the cast is full of familiar faces.

“They’ve all been on our stage before,” said Heidemann, who has directed at least 20 plays with the RCCT. “It’s a nice group of people to work with. It’s been a very harmonious rehearsal process.”

He said they had to move the show up a couple of weeks because of the upcoming “All Together Now” worldwide production on Nov. 12.

“We have a good, experienced cast, and they were able to rise to that challenge,” Heidemann said.

Bill Powell plays Jack, “a cabaret star, as in love with his piano as he is with his silk dressing gowns.”

Mike Marx and Elaine Heidemann play Jack’s parents, Charlie and Beatrice, who are “old Music Hall performers, full of hilarious tales of life on the road,” the press release notes. “The Music Hall circuit was the English version of America’s Vaudeville, long past its glory days.”

Theresa Gibson plays Maggie, who “performs with Jack in the evenings and regularly visits his house to rehearse, drink tea, and tell the sorry tales of her latest romantic disaster. If only she and Jack realized that their true love was right in front of them.”

When Jack’s parents suddenly show up requesting to stay with him for “a few days,” he and Maggie’s lives quickly spiral into chaos. The parents won’t leave!

Jack’s housekeeper, Geraldine, played by Jodi Kamyszek, “copes masterfully with the ensuing disruption, but then Beatrice unexpectedly disappears,” the release explains. “It seems that this was not a simple visit, but an opportunity for her to leave Charlie and run off to another liaison in France.”

Questions remain. Does true love exist, and how do you find it? Are there such things as happy endings? And what do performers do once the spotlight goes out?

“This is a very funny and charming show business comedy, bursting with one-liners, lovable characters, crazy fun, and a touching dash of nostalgia,” Heidemann said in the press release.

He added that the play is considered PG-13 “for adult innuendos and mild language.”

Heidemann said in addition to being funny, “there are some heartwarming moments in this play.”

He said it focuses on the importance of family and love.

“I like comedies with a bit of truth to them,” he said. “If it didn’t have heart, I wouldn’t direct it.”

In addition to Director Karl W. Heidemann, other production members include Assistant Director and Stage Manager Charlotte Heidemann, and tech crew Riconda Lamb, Baylee Lijewski, Noah Hanson, Judy Fisher and Cliff Fisher.

Performance dates for “The Nightingales” are tonight through Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

All performances will be held in the handicap-accessible, historic Rogers City Theater at 257 North Third St. in Rogers City. Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for all students. Tickets will only be available at the theater box office, one hour before curtain time for each performance. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. For more information, call 989-734-7368.


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