Back row (L-R) Noah Kittles, Morgan Booty, Casey Harmon, Glenn "Jay" Mentel, Jr., Angelle Bellard, John D. Kittles, Jerica Guillory
Middle row (L-R) Shiloh Kittles, Deborah D. Ardoin, Shane Guilbeau, Tucker Kelly
Bottom row (L-R) Aaron Booty, Sarah Martel
After weeks of rehearsal, the Eunice Players’ Theatre is set to open its 41st season with “What the Bellhop Saw” a two-act comedy by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore on Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.. Director Jody L. Powell chose the show for its broad comedy, split-second timing and audience appeal. Everyone needs to make plans now to see the show before dates sell out.
The story centers on two brothers, Wally, a bellhop in New York’s finest hotel, played by Casey Harmon of Crowley, and Georgie, the world’s most hen-pecked husband, played by John D. Kittles of Eunice. Georgie’s plan to have an affair with his secretary, played by Angelle Bellard of Duson, is thwarted when his abrasive wife, played by Jerica Guillory of Eunice, arrives on the scene.
Unbeknownst to any of them, the same room is secretly rented to an author believed to have written a controversial book, played by Larry Reppond of Eunice, and the inept CIA agent hired to guard him, played by Tucker Kelly of Crowley. Wreaking havoc on all of them with a pig mask and a ticking bomb is an assassin bent on killing the author, played by Glenn “Jay” Mentel, Jr. of Opelousas.
The adjacent room holds a guest who wants peace and quiet while seemingly having a party of her own, played by Deborah D. Ardoin of Eunice, while the author’s pig-tailed daughter, played by Sarah Martel of Eunice is hidden elsewhere in the hotel
The bumbling hotel manager, played by Shane Guilbeau of Lafayette, and an aspiring-actress hotel maid, played by Morgan Booty of Crowley, find themselves in the middle of the shenanigans as identities are confused, and the bellhops keep multiplying.
With this crazy cast of characters running in and out of windows and doors and hiding under the bed, things quickly spin out of control and into a delightfully absurd evening.
Other performances set to follow opening night are April 16 – 17 and 21 – 22 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, April 18 at 2:00 p.m. Dinner theatre (with steak and trimmings) is scheduled for Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. at Nick's on Second St., with the performance immediately following.
Season ticket holders should call the number on their ticket for reservations. Individual tickets are available at David’s Ltd. at 204 S. Second St. or by calling 457-2156. Season tickets are still on sale; for $20 a season ticket includes 3 shows, reservation rights, voting privileges and an invitation to the Irving Awards. Angel and patron packages are also available for purchase. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. The theatre is located at 121 S. Second St. in Eunice.
More information can be found on Facebook or at euniceplayers.blogspot.com. Don’t miss your chance to see this side-splitting comedy.