CASPER, Wyo. – The Casper Theater Company has come a long way in its five-year history.
Patrons attending the Friday night’s season opening production of the dark comedy “Crimes of the Heart” will immediately see and feel the difference as soon as they take their seats.
“They are brand new and they are extremely comfortable,” said artistic director and founder Donna Fisher.
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The new chairs are also installed on new risers which give audiences in the intimate space a better view of the state.
The upgrades are in addition to a full kitchen and dining area for future dinner theater productions.
“Crimes of the Heart” by Beth Henley kicks off the company’s latest season. It’s one of five productions, two of them locally-written.
Many people might remember the 1986 hit film adaptation of the play.
“It’s about a very dysfunctional family of three sisters who’ve come together for a few different reasons,” explains Fisher, who also directed the play.
“They have a grandfather in the hospital who keeps suffering from strokes, the youngest sister has just shot her husband in the stomach, and the middle sister is a failed singer so she’s come home because she’s poor and broke.”
The dark subject matter makes for great comedy, says Fisher, but it didn’t come together easily.
A last minute recasting of the two male characters gave the group as a whole only two weeks together.
Luckily, Fisher says “they are fabulous.”
“The four ladies and the two guys are absolutely amazing,” she said. “They have really put a lot of effort and time into this.”
The cast includes Heather Lynch, Candice Cochran, Rob Tate, Angela Brown, Wendy Luck and Trevor Warren.
Fisher says the cast are seasoned and experienced actors, having a variety of school, professional and community acting experience in their past.
“They’ve put together a show that is just Broadway quality,” she said.
The Casper Theater Company is located at 735 CY Ave. Their production of Crimes of the Heart runs October 11 to 13 and October 18 to 20. Start times are 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and students. For more information see their Facebook page.