Yesterday was one of those days that are so common in Elk Rapids this time of year. The air was fresh and cool, finches tended their nests, flags furled, ducks tipped. And last night, there was a full Moon.
Perhaps you have already seen the Elk Rapids Players production of Moon Over Buffalo (MOB). I just did and it was magical. Immediately upon entering our historic Town Hall, I was immersed in the delightful world of professional theater. What a fascinating local company we have here. The Players work as a team, one that refashions itself for every production. A few examples:
- Craig Babiarz, who starred in Barefoot in the Park, mans the theater lighting.
- Karen Haspas, who directed Barefoot in the Park, leads as the spirited Charlotte.
- Roxanne Lutey, who was radiant onstage for Barefoot, directs Moon Over Buffalo.
- Tim George, who played Felix in The Odd Couple, was taking tickets with wife Barb.
- Rob Ford transformed from Oscar in The Odd Couple, then to phone repairman in Barefoot and now to Richard in MOB.
- Ron Schmidt, flamboyant in Barefoot, returns as the emotional volcano – George/Cyrano/Eliot.
And many, many other Players, including June Knapp, Michael Smith, Linda Pillsbury, Brett Baldwin, Hayley Schmidt, Chris Lutey, Marge Baldwin, Steve Bagdon and Ginny Hamilton, contributed to MOB success – some as veterans, some rookies – but all with an obvious passion for legitimate theater and incredible drive. Bravo!
Yes, there are only two Moons left – tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Be sure to attend. And as a very special Mothers Day treat, the Players are hosting a Sunday pre-show dinner at 1 p.m. It’s possible that Ron Schmidt will sing at dinner if you ask him.