“Boeing-Boeing” celebrates National Soaring Competiton

Lane Riggs

Staff Writer

The Janey Slaughter Briscoe Grand Opera House is presenting “Boeing-Boeing” next weekend, just as the  Soaring Society of America’s 18 Meter Nationals get underway.

Show times are Friday, Aug. 4 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 5 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students.

The award-winning comedy was originally written in French by Marc Carnoletti and was later translated for English stages by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans. The play takes place in the 1960s when bachelor Bernard owns an apartment in Paris, France, and is engaged to three stewardesses (one German, one Italian and one American) without them knowing of each other.

When Bernard’s friend Robert comes to stay, a new Boeing jet throws off his careful planning, and all three stewardesses are in town at the same time, Bernard forgets which lies to tell which girl.

The cast features Sebastian Cabralez as Bernard; Westley Halbardier as Robert Lambert; Barbara Chase as Gloria; Amanda Van Cleve as Gretchen; and Victoria Dühring as Gabriella. It is directed and produced by opera house manager Rosie Whisenant, who said producing the play has been a lot of fun.

“This show has been immensely fun to put together and it is full of comedy and panic,” Whisenant said. “The cast have worked extremely hard and we are proud to present this to our Uvalde audiences. It’s guaranteed to make you laugh and leave you wanting more.

“I chose the play because I know the community of Uvalde has a love of comedy. It’s summertime and people are looking for that feel-good play,” she said. “I also picked it because of the national soaring competition. It’s got the aeronautic theme, so I chose it to celebrate the competition.”

Whisenant said she hopes that pilots come and watch the show. Similarly, she said she would be happy if any of the crowd laughed.

“I’m hoping it will be a success. The goal is to have a crowd come in, sit down, and laugh,” she said. “Our aim is to entertain people and give them a good time, and I think we’re going to achieve that.”

Auditions were held in May and the crew have been rehearsing for two months.

“We’re rehearsing three times a week, and it’s interesting because we have people of different backgrounds and different walks of life in the crew,” Whisenant said. “It’s what’s so great about the art community of Uvalde.”

Whisenant said the play has also been fun because the opera house has a new intern.

“This show is also exciting for us as we have a new intern on board,” she said. “Autumn Wooten from Barksdale has been shadowing the theater manager, learning about set design, stage management and more.”

Whisenant said Wooten created the set featured in the show and will be backstage, helping the actors.

“This a great example of the way Arts in Education can be effective in Uvalde,” Whisenant said. “We are eager to see where Autumn will go and what else she will do. We hope she will be the first of many technical interns here at the opera house.”

Tickets are available in the box office or at www.uvaldeoperahouse.org/tickets.

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