OPTT Presents Fall Comedy & Holiday Show Auditions

OPTT Presents Fall Comedy & Holiday Show Auditions
Posted on 10/08/2013

The Village of Orland Park Theatre Troupe is bringing a bit of religion to its stage with the fall comedy “Bless Me, Father,” written by Craig Alpaugh.

Described as a comedic farce, the action takes place at Holy Family Rectory where Fathers Richard and Charles preside. The fun centers around Father Charles’ mistaken belief that Father Richard is going to leave the priesthood to get married.

“This is one of the funniest fall shows we’ve had in a long time,” said Theatre Troupe Resident Producer/Director Frann Carnivele. “Anyone who needs some good laughs should definitely see this show,” she said. Carnivele is directing the show with Jimmy Mazeika serving as assistant director.

Bryan Riess and Dan McMillan, both of Orland Park, portray Fathers Richard and Charles, respectively. Orland Park’s Gary Felicetti portrays Bishop Bungy. Other Orland Park residents in the show include Michael Harlin, Barbara Pauls and Mary Tuminello. The cast also includes Cassandra Balaskas (Lockport), Nick Cuba (Tinley Park), Kathleen Donegan (Posen), Mazeika (Burbank) and Rosie Sylvester (Lemont).

Performances at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue, are Friday, October 11 and Saturday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday, October 13 matinee at 2 p.m. The show is produced by special arrangement with the Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

“This is a fun, very entertaining comedy that everyone will enjoy. The antics are priceless and we’ve had a rough time getting through our rehearsals we’re laughing so hard,” Carnivele said.

Advance reserve seat tickets may be purchased at the Village of Orland Park Recreation Administration Building, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue. Adults are $13 and seniors and student tickets are $11 each. Children’s tickets are $9 each. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

Holiday Show Auditions
Once “Bless Me Father” closes, the village’s theatre program moves onto its holiday show, “A Simple Miracle,” an original production written by Bryan Riess.

It’s Christmas Eve and the holiday is anything but festive for two brothers who learn that the inn they operate is being sold. A blizzard traps a cast of characters, including an angel, at the hotel making for an interesting holiday eve.

Area actors age 17 and older are invited to audition for this holiday production with readings from the script. Auditions will be Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Orland Park’s Old Village Hall, 14413 South Beacon Avenue. Once cast, participants must pay a $35 registration fee.

Questions about the Orland Park Theatre Troupe’s fall comedy and its holiday production may be directed to the village’s Recreation Department at 708/403-7275.