‘Dance Lessons’ start Friday at Pewter Plough
I ronically, the stars of “Six
Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”
had only a couple hours of professional instruction.
“We worked with our budget and managed to pay for two hours of dance lessons,” said director Sandy Bosworth, who directs the Pewter Plough Playhouse production. “I rapidly took notes.”
Despite that drawback, she said, Kelli Rodda and Mike Shanley cut a pretty impressive rug in “Six Dance Lessons.” The play, written by Richard Alfieri, runs Friday, June 22, through July 29 at the Pewter Plough Playhouse in Cambria.
Set at a Florida beach condo, “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” revolves around Lily (Rodda), the headstrong, straitlaced widow of a Southern Baptist minister, and Michael (Shanley), the gay, outspoken New Yorker she hires to teach her ballroom dancing.
Naturally, the two clash almost immediately.
But over the course of six private lessons, elderly Lily and middle-aged Michael progress from open antagonism to uneasy acceptance to friendship as they master the tango, swing and other dance styles.
“They really fulfill (needs) in each other’s lives,” Bosworth said. “It’s kind of a gift for both of them.”
Bosworth has helmed a number of productions at the Pewter Plough Playhouse, including the crime thriller “Wait Until Dark” and the period drama “Playhouse Creatures.” Shanley made his company debut in the fantasy “Outward Bound,” and Rodda’s Pewter Plough credits include “Same Time Next Year,” “Laundry and Bourbon” and “Lips Together, Teeth Apart.” Bosworth said she was delighted to give comedy a try.
Praising the play’s “really delightful dialogue,” Bosworth described the tone of “Six Dance Lessons” as a poignant mix of humor and pathos.
She said audiences will appreciate the way the play addresses issues such as aging, loss and tolerance. In fact, the director said, she’s seen her 93-year-old mother deal with some of the things Lily experiences in the play.
“(‘Six Dance Lessons’) just deals with life experiences in many ways,” Bosworth said, adding the intimate nature of the play makes it a perfect fit for the Pewter Plough Playhouse.
— Sarah Linn
‘Ranchers for Peace’ to play in Harmony
A Cambria father-daughter acoustic folk-rock duo dubbed “Ranchers for Peace” will play at Painted Sky Recording Studios in Harmony on Friday, June 29.
Charles Duncan and his daughter Ray play what they call “neo-hippie protest music,” featured on the upcoming, seven-song EP (extended play) release “Tell All the World.”
The song “Walking Around Black” — a response to theTrayvon Martin killing in Florida—will be featured in the upcoming Sing Out! magazine.
The show starts at 8 p.m. in the Old Creamery Building in Harmony. Tickets, $15, are available at the Cambria Buisness Center, 1241 Knollwood Drive, Cambria, or by calling 927-8330. — Staff