Lakeside Summer Stage takes new direction

Posted on June 26, 2012

Lakeside Summer Stage is taking a new direction this year with two small-scale and more focused productions with a cast and crew comprised solely of Lakesiders.

First on the schedule is “Love Letters and Other Missed Connections.” This play combines the contemporary scripts of David Ives’ “Sure Thing” with A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” for an evening of romantic comedy intended for adult audiences.

It will be performed on two nights only at 8:15 p.m. Monday, July 2 and Monday, July 9, in the Hotel Lakeside Fern Room. Appetizers will be served during intermission.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lakeside Chautauqua Office.

“Sure Thing” will star Carly Mungovan and Mark Maruschak. A short, rapid-fire comic play, it portrays the chance meeting of Betty and Bill whose conversation is continually reset by the ringing of a bell, prompting them to start over whenever one of the characters responds negatively to the other.

Gurney’s “Love Letters” will star Detra Bennett and Riney Robertson sharing the story of Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III spanning 50 years.

The tale is constructed solely through notes, letters and cards they share discussing the hopes and ambitions, dreams, disappointments,  victories and defeats that have passed between them throughout their largely separated lives.

Kim Green Treger, a lifetime Lakeside resident, will direct. A former Second City actress and writer, Treger began her theater training on two coasts, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Calif., and at the Stella Adler Conservatory in New York, N. Y.

Her children are the fifth generation of her family to spend summers at Lakeside. The combining of two of her greatest passions – Lakeside and theater – makes this project a dream come true for her. Mungovan and Maruschak both come to Lakeside Summer Stage with theater backgrounds and both work for Lakeside Chautauqua when not in rehearsal. Robertson is president of the Lakeside Property Owners Association and serves on the Lakeside Chautauqua Board of Directors. This will be his first Lakeside Summer Stage appearance. Bennett is a veteran of Summer Stage, having previously performed in "Our Town," "The Mousetrap" and "You Can’t Take It With You." Second on the schedule, under the auspices of Lakeside Summer Stage, Mungovan, a theater major at Miami University and cast as Liesl in Lakeside Summer Stage’s 2010 production of "The Sound of Music," will be offering two separate weeks of Children’s Theater Workshops at the Rhein Center from July 16-20 for grades 5-8 and July 23-27 for grades 2-4. Both weeks will be filled with improv and basic theater techniques with a small performance in Bradley Temple on Friday of each of the two weeks.