With the help of the Winds of Change Dramatic Society, the Astor Theatre Society is soon to be back on stage for the first time in three years as it presents the British farce, Tom, Dick & Harry, written by Ray and Michael Cooney.
Producer Sue Beaumont-Rudderham was keeping tight-lipped about the production in a conversation with LighthouseNOW.
“All I’m going to tell you is that Tom, Dick and Harry are brothers. Tom is kind of a business type of person. Dick is a bit of a rogue and Harry is kind of stunned,” as she described it. “Paul and his wife Linda are trying to adopt a baby and Dick and Harry are going to try and help. That is all I’m going to tell you.”
The production will be shown over four evenings from Nov. 25-28 at the Astor Theatre. It's about two hours in length and will be divided into two acts with an intermission. Tickets are now available at the Astor box office or on Ticketpro.
The event will be used as a fundraiser for the theatre society which, along with many other groups, have struggled financially due to COVID-19.
The cast is made-up of nine thespians who have worked hard since the first reading at the beginning of September, according to Beaumont-Rudderham. They’ve been rehearsing four days a week for the past two months and will step it up going seven days a week leading up to the opening day.
Cast members are a bit of a mixture of the old and new.
“You will see some old friends on stage, but you will also see some new talent and you are going to see some that take on new roles that are pretty unusual for them,” said Beaumont-Rudderham. “One of the girls in the play normally only does musicals and this is anything but.”
Helping her present the production are Jean Robinson-Dexter, as the executive producer, and Annette Burke as director.
She says it’s great to get back into the theatre and this is a good show to get people back into live performances.
“I have seen the play and parts of it many times, and I still end up laughing and that’s a good sign,” said Beaumont-Rudderham.
The last Astor Theatre Society production was a co-production with the Winds of Change Dramatic Society – Rock of Ages in November 2018.
Tom, Dick & Harry is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. www.concordtheatricals.com.
Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin