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TCP announces cast for the first production of 22nd season

Barefoot in the Park is one of Neil Simon’s favorite accomplishments.
“The warmth and humor, although appearing simple, are really quite complex in their mixture,” said Simon in a recent interview.
“I have, in the past, looked for a situation that contained humor and tried to find some sadness in it. Now I look first for the poignancy and find the humor.”
Barefoot in the Park is a love story. Married a total of six days, Corie and Paul Bratter are finding the differences that attracted them to each other can also make day to day life a challenge. Paul is an up-and-coming young corporate attorney, enshrouded in the rules of law while Corie is a free spirit, only harnessed by her own ability to fit everything and everybody into her life.
The action of this quintessential Neil Simon comedy takes place in the top floor apartment of a New York City brownstone, a building inhabited by an intriguing array of eclectic and eccentric tenants.
Leading the cast of Tyrone Players who will bring this delightful scenario to life are Brett Keith as Paul and Katie Kensinger as Corie. Both are accomplished performers, Katie having been seen on the TCP stage as a wicked step sister in Cinderella and a featured dancer in Pippin while Brett was most recently seen in My Way and also appeared as Prince Charming in Cinderella.
Victor Velasco, the mountain climbing, gourmet cooking, man-about-town who lives on the roof above Corie and Paul’s apartment, will be portrayed by TCP veteran Pete Hedberg. Pete has been active in TAHS productions and was most recently seen in They’re Playing Our Song and Pippin for the TCP.
Making her debut with The Players is Kim Silverman as Mrs. Banks, Corie’s mother. Kim has previously directed The Sound of Music and Cinderella at State College Community Theater and is a Spanish instructor at The Grier School in Birmingham.
This inventive cast is rounded out by Mike Toomley who will be making his TCP debut in the role of Harry Pepper, the much beleaguered telephone repairman.
This delightful, warm and witty play will be presented in the parish hall of St. Matthew’s Church on Friday and Saturday, October 21-22 at 8 p.m.
For ticket information and reservations, phone the ArtsLine at 684-ART2.