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Neil Simon’s The Star-Spangled Girl Sparkles at BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater
BIG ARTS Community Players at Herb Strauss Theater perform Neil Simon’s "The Star-Spangled Girl" at 8 p.m. July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are $15 adults, $5 for children. BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater is at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
The Star-Spangled Girl, a classic Simon comedy set in the 1960s, is the story of a love triangle mixed with politics. The all-volunteer cast is made up of Jason Boeckman, Kelly Greten, and Bianca De Sanctis; play is directed by June Koc, with technical assistance by Peter Stearns.
Norman and Andy, self-proclaimed radicals who barely make a living publishing Fallout Magazine, are dedicated to fighting the “system” until their attractive new neighbor — Olympic swimmer and all-American southern girl — Sophie, arrives on the scene. Norman instantly falls in love with her, and his obsession drives her crazy. Meanwhile, Andy is preoccupied with fending off creditors and charming the landlady to avoid being evicted. The story is a delightful blend of romance, comedy, and patriotism.
The show’s Director, June Koc said, “Community Theater is the most important part of theater. It’s the part that gets the young people off of their cell phones and onto the stage … Most children never get the opportunity to almost touch the performers at these small venues and they adore it.”
Jason Boeckman, a graduate of Miami University, works full-time at BIG ARTS in marketing and group sales. His performance credits include The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp); Oklahoma! (Judy Fry); The Secret Garden (Dr. Neville Craven); and Lost in Yonkers (Eddie).
Bianca De Sanctis, who portrays Sophie, is a recent graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, where she studied Theatre. “The show is great,” says De Sanctis, “really funny and also sweet. Something the whole family can enjoy. My favorite thing is that I got to learn a Southern accent for the role!”
Kelly Greten is Facilities Manager at the Sanctuary Golf Club. He performed in productions of Sanibel on Parade and The Shell Game at the Community House. His friends call him “The Sanibel Mayor” because he has so many friends and acquaintances, and always has a smile on his face.
Tickets for BIG ARTS Community Players productions are $15 adults, $5 for children 17 and younger. Group discounts are also available for ten or more people. The Herb Strauss Theater Box Office will open one hour prior to show from May through November. BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater is located at 2200 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.
Anyone interested in volunteering for this new community theater program are welcome to attend auditions or pick up a volunteer form at BIG ARTS Center, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel.
For more information about the show and to purchase tickets, visit BIG ARTS Marks Box Office, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel; call (239) 472-6862 or (239) 395-0900; or log on to http://www.BIGARTS.org.