Director Mark Pollard, who recently appeared as Max Detweiler in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, has announced the cast for the next production of the Aloha Performing Arts Company, Neil Simon's comedy BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. The lead roles of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter will be played by Chris Bellah and Kestrel Bishop. Kestrel is a local Pilates instructor whose last APAC role was one of the witches in MACBETH. Chris, who is assuming his first leading role, played a member of the barbershop quartet in APAC's production of THE MUSIC MAN last fall.
The role of Corie's mother, Ethel Banks, is taken by Felicity Johnson, principal of Hualalai Academy. Ms. Johnson is a former APAC board member and one of the primary active participants in Waimea Community Theatre. Victor Velasco, a colorful neighbor of the Bratters, will be played by Steve Heiman. Before he left the theatre to become the co-author of best selling business books, Steve played such roles as Biff, Happy, and Bernard, in DEATH OF A SALESMAN. This is his first APAC production. Harry Pepper, the telephone repairman, is portrayed by APAC favorite, William LeBus, and Dick Gray plays the barely seen, but very funny, delivery man. Jennifer York and Ra are producing; Aimee Marquardt is designing costumes, makeup, and hair; Marvin Keith is lighting designer; and set design is a collaborative effort between Marvin Keith, Roy Saplan, and Ra.
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK debuted on Broadway in 1963, providing a young Robert Redford with his breakthrough role. He later appeared in the movie version, which also starred Jane Fonda. BAREFOOT IN THE PARK garnered a Tony Award nomination for Mr. Simon, and ran on Broadway for four years, making it one of the 50 longest running Broadway shows of all time. APAC's production of this Neil Simon comedy classic will be performed at the Aloha Theatre May 6-22; Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 general admission and $10 for students and senior citizens, with a limited number of $25 reserved seats available by phone only. Tickets may be purchased at the box office beginning one hour before curtain, at Mele Kai Music, Paradise Found in Kainaliu, or by phone at 322-9924.