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River Valley Players to present madcap comedy

Thursday, March 22, 2012

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The play's the thing - On March 23 and 24, the River Valley Speech and Drama Club will be presenting their annual spring production. This year, they will be staging "Prince Joe," a comedy penned by RV teacher Margaret Witt. Curtain time will be at 7 p.m. both nights of the production, which will take place at the RV High School auditorium at Correctionville. An ice cream social will also take place at intermission. Photo by Ron Flewelling
It's early spring and once again it is time for the thespians of the River Valley Speech and Drama Club to take to the stage and present their annual production.

This year they will be treading the boards to 'Prince Joe', a madcap comedy penned by RV's Margaret Witt.

The plot of this one is launched when it is decided by the Royal Council that it is time for a certain prince to marry.

Unfortunately, the fair damsel that the Council has in mind doesn't rate very high on the Prince's Bo Derek scale.

To remedy the situation, the Prince, with the help of his loyal, (if somewhat rambunctious,) Royal Guard come up with a brainstorm to remedy the situation.

With the backing of the King, the Prince and his Guard head off to college to discover a replacement more suitable to the young royal's romantic taste.

With only a short window of time to successfully pull of the scheme, the Prince and his loyal Guard stampede off to the halls of academia to complete their mission.

Unfortunately, like all those other proverbial best laid plans, this one also goes awry when the royal heir and his bodyguard cronies decide that their distance from the palace offers an irresistible opportunity for some serious partying.

From the moment they step onto the college campus, their mission starts to unravel as the guards' madcap antics threaten to draw the Prince, a parade of characters and a certain "snooty, uptight individual" into a vortex that could throw a monkey wrench into the works and get them all sent back home via royal recall.

As you might imagine, this whole scenario is custom made to provide some riotous comedic moments.

Prince Joe is reminiscent of those popular zany romantic comedies that found their way onto the silver screen back there in the 30's and 40's heyday of Hollywood.

During the action of the production, you would only have to allow your imagines to drift a bit to picture one of those icons of the madcap comedy like Carole Lombard and Cary Grant filling in the roles up there on the stage.

The Prince's Royal Guard, in particular, bring situations found in the Marx Brothers, Ritz Brothers and even possibly the Three Stooges comedies to mind.

The members of the cast, many of them veterans of the powerhouse RV IHSSA Speech Team, let their talents run wild for this one...something that raises the energy level to the frenzied point of bubbling over.

They also tickle a whole lot of funny bones in the process.

As mentioned previously, Prince Joe is directed by RV high school teacher Margaret Witt.

With two previous plays written and published to her credit, Witt proves with this presentation that she certainly doesn't intend to rest on her laurels as far as the playwright game is concerned.

Witt also serves as the comedy's director. Again, experience comes to the forefront as she impeccably directs her sizable cast's frenetic moments on stage.

Did I say sizable?

The cast of Prince Joe includes 26 thespians as well as 18 members of the RV second grade class.

The play, plot and cast all combine to provide a formula for fun...so you won't want to miss this one.

Prince Joe will be presented on March 23 and 24 on stage in the RV High School Auditorium with the curtain rising at 7 pm. both nights of the play's run.

As an extra bonus, the audience will be treated to an Ice Cream Social at intermission.

So, you ask, "Will the Prince ever find romance?"

"Will his friends' hi-jinx put the kibosh on his best opportunity to find true love?"

"Are things even truly as they seem?"

No...

You don't get off that easy...You will just have to be there in the audience to discover these answers for yourself.



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