Show has ‘all sorts of hilarity’
Albert Lea Community Theatre prepares for comedy
By Evelyn Seffinga
The Marion Ross Performing Arts Center will host “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” beginning Thursday.
“Nana’s Naughty Knickers,” a comedy set in a New York apartment, is directed by Brian Mattson. The main character, Bridget, played by Kristi White, and her grandmother, played by Rebekah Sousa, are about to become roommates.
Bridget has an experience she will never forget when she moves in with her grandmother in New York for the summer. Not only is her grandmother selling naughty handmade knickers to other senior citizens in the city, but she is running the illegal boutique from the shared apartment.
“The granddaughter has a boy that is interested in her that is a police officer who comes in at the wrong times, which makes for all sorts of hilarity,” Mattson said.
The set of “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” is what Mattson called a “bootlegger’s dream” because of all the hidden panels and tricks to hide props inside of them. He is excited to see how the details come together for the final production.
The play was written by Katherine DiSavino.
“It’s definitely got a lot of things that are very funny, especially because there is a 90-year-old woman making lingerie for other 90-year-old women,” Mattson said.
“Nana’s Naughty Knickers” will be performed Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as May 17 through May 20. All shows start at 7:30 p.m., with a special 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets may be purchased over the phone by calling 1-877-730-3144, online at actonbroadway.com or at the box office, which opens weekdays at 8:30 a.m. Tickets are also available at the Albert Lea Convention & Visitors Bureau.
“Come see the show,” Mattson said. “This is a funny show. It should make people laugh. It is a bit tongue in cheek at times but that is what makes it kind of fun.”
The show runs 1 hour and 45 minutes.
What: “Nana’s Naughty Knickers”
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and May 17-20; 2 p.m. matinee Sunday
Where: Marion Ross Performing Arts Center
Cost: $10 for students, $15 for adults
Cast and crew
Sylvia Charles: Rebekah Sousa
Vera Walters: Nancy Lahs
Bridget Charles: Kristi White
Tom O’Grady: Tanner Roush
Gil Schmidt: Jon Cochran
Heather Van Pree: Marcy Tatro
Claire Schmidt: Linda Altermatt
Director: Brian Mattson
Set Designer/Technical Director: Steven Kinney
Lighting Designer: Dietrich Poppen
Production Manager: Kristan Dye
Stage Manager: Christy Compton
Stagehand: Breann Estes
Costumes: Barb Lang, Elizabeth Harty
Props and Set Dressing: Lisa Sturtz
Lights: Kris Bartley