After a long hiatus, Cambridge Community Players is returning to the stage with a bundle of laughs in tow. The local community theatre company is performing ‘Burs of a Feather,’ which opens November 12.
The comedy is about three friends with contrasting personalities who go to the woods to spread the ashes of a high school friend who has recently passed away. What ensues is a clash of character, resurfaced memories and enough laughs to go around.
The play is written and directed by Martin Smith, the creative brain and executive director behind Cambridge Community Players. Smith’s inspiration for ‘Burs of a Feather’ came from an old high school friend.
“Burs of a Feather loosely came from a fellow that I knew in high school called Sheldon,” says Smith. “I knew he was picked on a lot, so I made him the character in the urn, and we discover his story through the three main characters who were his friends in high school.”
The three characters featuring a wide-range of personalities are played by Bobbi Roberts, Charmaine Shaw and Catherine Camp-Paynter.
Camp-Paynter who plays Yvette, a glamorous city girl who’s out of her league at the cabin says: “It’s nice to have an alter ego character where you get to be a diva because that’s so not me.”
Other subdued characters can be more challenging to play, Shaw notes, saying that she has to “tamp down” to play Evelyn, an outdoorsy type who operates as the voice of reason.
Roberts finds that her character hints at some of the play’s larger themes, turning the characters inside out to explore what’s truly inside. Her successful real estate agent character, while “business-wise is successful, is lacking in terms of a personal life, love and forgiveness.”
Just like the characters in the play, Cambridge Community Players managed to turn a difficult time into a positive, hosting online fundraisers during the pandemic and online audio format productions to maintain financial stability.
Now with 2022 around the corner Cambridge Community Players is set to come back strong. The new season will include a production of ‘Our Town’ and an Agatha Christie-based production called ‘The Mousetrap.’
After reflecting on a return to the stage, Camp-Paynter can now revel in the joys of theatre and acting. “You put the costume on and you become this person that you’re not,” says Camp-Paynter. “That’s the joy of acting — you get to be someone other than yourself.’
Tickets can be purchased at www.cambridgecommunityplayers.com
Genelle Levy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cambridge Times