The chemistry between the two lead characters in Memories' season-opening production of “Southern Comforts” is nearly tangible — and for good reason. The love expressed onstage is real, and will follow the two actors out the door.
No strangers to acting opposite each other, married couple Glenn and Lynn Schultz will bring romance to the stage together for the sixth time in Kathleen Clark’s comedy “Southern Comforts,” playing at Memories in Port Washington October 26 through November 4, 2012.
“It is really easier then acting with someone else,” says Glenn. “We know how each other works, and we can run lines whenever we are together. Which is most of the time. “
True to the Schultz’s real love story, the couple they play in “Southern Comforts” first meet a little later in life. However, their characters, Gus and Amanda, have both been widowed, and face the challenge of giving up the individual lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.
Gus struggles with opening himself up to trusting another person and is resistant to change, while Amanda faces fears of losing him and being alone again.
Director Ralph Maffongelli describes the show as a “charming, funny, yet extremely true-to-life piece” that runs the gamut of theatrical styles from farce to comedy to drama. He feels the real-life relationship between the two leads will bring a lot to the show.
“There is the emotional advantage that they already share a love relationship and therefore can draw on that in a way that makes their acting more honest and real,” Maffongelli explains.
“Southern Comforts” plays weekends at Memories. Dinner theater tickets are just $32, with show-only tickets also available for $20. To make reservations or purchase a season ticket, call Memories at (262) 284-6850 during box office hours (Tuesday through Friday 10 am- 3 pm) or go online anytime to www.memoriesballroom.com.
Memories’ dinner theater season will continue with John Reeger’s “The Christmas Schooner”, Ivan Menchell’s “The Cemetery Club”, Tom Jones’ “I Do! I Do!” and “First Baptist of Ivy Gap” by Ron Osbourne.