‘Ghost of a Chance’ debuts at Strand
Published 12:30 am Thursday, March 5, 2015
How frustrating for Bethany when her husband, Chance, shows up at his hunting cabin just as she is about to put it on the market to sell. What is even more maddening is Chance has been dead for three years.
“Ghost of a Chance” will open at the Strand Theatre this weekend and the two-act play will showcase six actors that have become regulars on the Westside Theatre Foundation stage including Jack Burns, the group’s founder.
Burns, who is playing the role of the prospective buyer for the cabin, said “Ghost of a Chance” has been a collaborative effort from the beginning.
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“We decided to do a play with a small cast and looked at about 20 to 25 scripts,” Burns said.
After narrowing the options down to a couple, Nicholas Ford, one of the six actors in the play said the group took a vote and decided on “Ghost of a Chance,” written by Cindy Marcus and Flip Kobler, the husband and wife team who co-wrote several Disney animated films including “Lady and the Tramp 2 “and “The Lion King 2.”
“This is a story about love lost and redemption,” Burns said, adding that even though it is a comedy the play also has serious components as well.
Along with Burns and Ford, cast members include Stacie Schrader, Alex Hill, Cathy Sanford and Caroline Gent.
Chance, played by Hill, has been killed in a hunting accident, and he is not ready to pass on to the after life. He tries to convince his wife, played by Schrader, that she just needs to live in the cabin with him.
Poor Bethany, she becomes torn between Chance and her new fiancé, Floyd and decides to call in a psychic.
Antics get crazier when Bethany tries to hide the fact she has called in someone to communicate with her dead husband and Verna, Bethany’s future mother-in-law, is not making the cover up any easier with all of her questions.
“There is parity in the lines of the play,” Burns said, and added that by the end of the show each of the characters have undergone an emotional transformation.
“Ghost of a Chance,” the WTF’s first 2015 onstage play will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will run Friday and Saturday and March 13 and 14 at 717 Clay St. Tickets are $10 and are available at the Highway 61 Coffeehouse, 1101 Washington St. and at the door.
Following Saturday night’s performance, “Patrick’s Day” an Art House film will be shown. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door.
For more information, call 601-301-3158.