‘Gladys in Wonderland’ takes stage in March

Victoria Weller will play the lead role of Gladys in the upcoming play, ‘Gladys in Wonderland.’ Photo courtesy of Brookings Harbor Community Theater.

“You get up one day, eat a donut, read the paper and some clown in a Good Humor suit says you’re going to die!” exclaims Gladys Overmeyer, the feisty 87-year-old heroine of Brookings Harbor Community Theater’s next production, “Gladys in Wonderland, “ now in rehearsal.

The comedy by Rosemary Frisino Toohey, directed by Teri McGregor, is a funny and touching reminder that “Old age ain’t for sissies.”

Between eating cream-filled doughnuts and reading the obituaries, Gladys does not have time for the unexpected visit from the Angel of Death. The Angel of Death must convince Gladys that it is her time to go. He parades in an entertaining cast of obnoxious friends and relatives; not to mention the Meals on Wheels expert and the hilarious visit with the inmates of a nursing home.

Veteran actors Victoria Weller and Mike Vest play Gladys and Mort, the Angel. Also featured are Therese Bettencourt as Gladys’ frustrated daughter, Tommy Jones and Kathleen Teague as her pushy brother and sister-in-law, and Jennifer Buchnoff and Jon Smith as her nervy niece and nephew. Denise Dubois plays her well-meaning best friend and Jessica Vance is an officious Meals on Wheels lady. Janie VanWoerden and Vicky O’Hara are scrappy nursing home inhabitants.

“Senior audience members will certainly be able to relate, middle-aged folks will get a peek into their future, and younger folks will be reminded of their older relatives,” says McGregor.

Mark your calendars to attend and enjoy this comical, entertaining, and even thought-provoking play at the Brookings Harbor Community Theater located at 15542 U.S. Highway 101 in Harbor. The show dates are March 6, 7, 8 and 13, 14, 15. Show times are Friday evenings at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinees on both Saturdays and Sundays.

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