Williamstown, Mass. - For their 31st season production Starlight Stage Youth Theatre presents Cyrus Wood’s hilarious farce “Good Night Ladies” July 26-29 at 8 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Williamstown.
“Good Night Ladies” is about Professor “Spider” Matthews (Chris Donovan of North Adams, MA), an Arachnologist who is perfectly at home with his eight-legged specimens but deathly afraid of the human female! One of his students, Dodie Tarleton (Lauren Christiansen of Williamstown, MA) has a crush on the professor, and has discovered that he is an old friend of her brother-in-law, Mike Bonner (Evan Schuekler of Stamford, VT), and intends to stay with him while attending a conference in New York City. Mike and Dodie’s sister Kittie Bonner (Alexandra Allen of New Ashford, MA) invite Spider, Dodie, and Mike’s business associate Fred Blake (Andrew Allen-Nash of New Ashford, MA) and his wife Alicia (Hannah Paul) out to dinner. Unfortunately, the party is crashed by the arrival of Dodie and Kittie’s mother, Mrs. Tarleton (Thalia Rossier of Williamstown, MA). The women get angry with the men and decide to go on to a night club without them. The men decide to attend the “Pagan Revels” to help Spider get over his fear of women. The Revels are raided by the police and the men escape into a ladies’ health club, where they have to disguise themselves as women to prevent being discovered by the police or the club’s clientele. While incognito at the club they meet up with a stripper (Grace Singelton of Williamstown, MA) and – surprise! – their wives, students, mother-in-law, etc. show up and chaos ensues.
Other cast members include: Aaron Burns, Brandon Burns, Maggie Crane, Jamie Meehan, Rebekeh Packer, Charlotte Sachs, Damien Sharp, Isabel Stomberg, Carly Vallone, and Julia Vallone, all from Williamstown, MA; Emma Gregory and Brianna Richardson from Clarksburg, MA; and Catherine Middleton of North Petersburg, NY.
Founded in 1976, Starlight offers a hands-on theatre experience for young people ages 8-18. Starlight has been directed by Robert Y. Burns and the Burns family of Williamstown since its inception. Starlight is the third oldest continuously operating summer theatre in Berkshire County, after the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Over the past 30 years hundreds of local youngsters have received their introduction to theatre with Starlight. Some have gone on to careers in the performing arts and the technical aspects of theatre and film, but all, whatever path they have chosen in life, have come away with a deep love and respect for the theatre, and happy memories of their Starlight experience.
Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children, available at the door. All performances take place in the handicap accessible Fellowship Hall of the First Congregational Church-UCC of Williamstown, located at 906 Main Street (Rt. 2). Parking is available in the church lot off of Chapin Hall Drive. For further information contact Starlight Stage Youth Theatre, 57 Linden Street, Williamstown, MA 01267, call 413-458-4246, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.