NCP production of ‘I Do, I Do’ rescheduled
By Elyssa Parnell firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWBERRY — The Newberry Community Players production of “I Do, I Do” musical dinner theater has been rescheduled to the first two weekends in March.
The production was scheduled for this weekend and next weekend but one of the performers in the two-person volunteer cast will not be able to meet her commitment due to unexpected circumstances, Director Ellen Hunt said.
The show will open the weekend of March 1 and March 2 with additional shows planned for March 8 and March 9.
“Our touchstone for this Newberry Community Players season from amazing Shakespeare to great dinner theater at Steven W’s, has been quality,” Hunt said. “We didn’t want to rush a cast change for ‘I Do, I Do’ so we decided to delay a few weeks, but we are already underway with rehearsals with our new cast member and are excited about the positive energy.”
The production will be presented at Newberry Community Hall, 1209 Caldwell St. Saturday productions are at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday’s matinees are at 1 p.m.
The NCP production answers the question of what married couples are truly like behind closed doors. In “I Do, I Do,” Agnes and Michael Snow sing about their relationship from the first blush of love and those little things that drive you crazy to bringing the romance back later in life.
The Newberry Community Players will bring a dinner theater musical that follows the couple through their 50 years of marriage.
Betsy Burris will be portraying Agnes Snow. Burris is a graduate of Newberry College and has studied opera in Rome. Caleb Lawrimore, who will play the role of Michael, is a veteran of the Young Players recently having portrayed Benedict in Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.”
With lyrics from Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, “I Do, I Do” is the musical version of Jan de Hartog’s play “The Fourposter.” The most famous of the songs from the production is “My Cup Runeth Over With Love,” which was made famous when recorded by both Ed Ames and Robert Goulet.
“It is honest. It is funny. It is endearing. ‘I Do, I Do’ shows you how much work but also how much love goes into staying together for 50 years. All hopeless romantics like myself will love it. It is a great date night too,” Hunt said.
Hunt said the play is set from the 1890s to the 1940s, but that it feels modern in its honesty about living with another person as your mate.
Tickets for “I Do, I Do” are $42 for adults, with the meal included and a cash bar. Groups of 10 or more guests are $35 per ticket. Advance tickets are recommended as there is limited seating. Tickets can be purchased through the Newberry Opera House Box Office at 803-276-6264 or online at www.newberryoperahouse.com.
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