Cast members of Alton Little Theater’s “A Nice Family Gathering” pose for a family portrait that will be on display during the show. (From left) Dennis France, Julie Howland, Lee Cox, Randy Hoven, Pat Kuilish and Andrew Richards. Not pictured are cast members Hannah Trapp and Nicholas Trapp.
ALTON — It’s never too late to tell someone you love them, right?
In most situations that would be the case, unless that someone is dead. In Alton Little Theater’s presentation of “A Nice Family Gathering,” the audience will witness the story of a man who loved his wife so much, he almost told her.
“This is a fun and quirky little comedy,” Alton Little Theater actor Lee Cox said. “This is such a fun show and I’m so excited that I get to play the role of Mom. We have experienced and new cast members in the show and we’ve built a great family bond.”
The story takes place on Thanksgiving, not to mention the first family gathering at the Lundeen household since Dad died. During the family dinner, Dad comes back as a ghost with a mission to tell his wife of 35 years that he loved her, something he neglected to say when he was alive. The problem is, she can’t hear or see him. The real trouble begins when Mom invites a date for dinner.
Directed by Kevin Frakes, “A Nice Family Gathering” will run Nov. 5-8 and Nov. 12-15 at the Alton Little Theater stage.
“Kevin (Frakes) has done a great job finding all the humor between the lines,” Cox said. “This show shakes up all the notions and authentic moments will catch the audience by surprise. Kevin has done a great job helping the cast find our delivery and the physical comedy that will make this show great.”
Beginning with “A Nice Family Gathering,” Alton Little Theater is set up to run a string of four comedies that each will look at a different aspect of relationships.
“Each of the next four shows will fit together,” Cox said. “There is always humor in dealing with relationships and each of these stories tell their own tale.”
The curtains will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with a 2 p.m. start Sunday. Adult tickets are $17; tickets for guests 18 and younger are $10. Tickets are available at www.altonlittletheater.org or by calling (618) 462-3205.
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