Shoestring Players At USC Upstate To Perform “Leading Ladies”

November 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will perform Ken Ludwig’s Leading Ladies on November 12-14 at 8:00 p.m. and November 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Theatre.

This comedy features two down-on-their-luck English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who are performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. Upon learning that a wealthy old woman in nearby York is dying and plans to leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they plot to pass themselves off as the relatives. Things get complicated after Jack and Leo arrive in York and learn that the heirs aren’t nephews but nieces! Jack and Leo won’t be outdone and use their theatrical skills to transform into “Maxine” and “Stephanie.”

Romantic entanglements abound, especially when Leo falls head-over-petticoat in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Meg knows that there’s a wide world out there, but it’s not until she meets Maxine and Stephanie that she finally gets a taste of it.

The cast include Joelle Gwinn as Meg, Patric Phillips as Leo, Steven Shuler as Jack, Felicia Glidden as Audrey, Pete Fowler as Duncan, Tiffany Marler as Florence, Jonathan Horton as Doc, Carlton Brock as Butch, Nic Everett as Man of the Moose Lodge, Christopher Edge as Man of the Moose Lodge, Coe Dantzler as Man of the Moose Lodge, and Michael Rigsby as Man of the Moose Lodge. Barry Whitfield, theatre manager, is directing the play.

To purchase tickets, call the USC Upstate Box Office, Monday-Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at (864) 503-5695. Ticket prices are $4 for students, staff and students and $6 for general public.