Beatrice Community Players Welcome You with “Southern Comforts”

Proving that age is just a number, Beatrice Community Players’ spring comedy explores the joys and pitfalls of finding love later in life.

“Southern Comforts” charms its way into your heart this April 5-7, 12-14.

A second chance at love does not come easy for a grumpy old widower, glued to the ballgame on his TV, and the hot-to-trot Southern widow that suddenly struts into his life. This funny and touching play about finding love when you least expect is sure to warm even the grumpiest of hearts.

Trevor Kern, most familiar to CP audiences for his various comedic and musical turns, jumps into the director’s chair to helm this production.

“I like the unconventional love story; two people, who have completed a lot of their life journey already, discover each other and find that maybe they have a few adventures left. It also speaks to me as someone who has yet to commit to someone, is set in his ways, and worries about what will happen when the time comes,” Kern said. “It’s a great story with two wonderful characters.”

Gus is content living in his large New England home by himself, doing what he wants when he wants.  Then one day Amanda, visiting her daughter in the area, knocks on his door and the two of them are thrown for a loop.  There’s a spark that develops between them and eventually the question transforms into how do two people with a full lifetime already combine everything for a fresh start?

One of the key things that Kern sees in this romantic comedy is the issue of hope.

“I want the audience to walk away from this show with hope. Whether it’s hope that they will find love no matter what age they are. Or hope that they can overcome life’s challenges with communication, compromise, and hard work. Or hope that they will be able to take advantage of opportunities that come knocking on their door,” he said.

Playing the pair are two actors who are no strangers to the CP stage. Gary Thompson plays the slightly grumpy Gus and Judy Anderson plays the energetic full of life Amanda. Thompson and Anderson both appeared in CP’s production of “South Pacific” (2008) though they didn’t share any scenes in that production. Now they share an entire show.

“At its base, the show is about relationships and taking advantage of opportunities when they arise,” Kern said.

Make sure you take advantage of the opportunity to experience this wonderfully entertaining comedy this April.

If you go: Southern Comforts will be performed at the Beatrice Community Playhouse at 412 Ella Street in Beatrice. Tickets are available online or at the box office beginning April 1. Performances are April 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 7:30pm and April 7 and 14 at 2:00pm.

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