Focus on Community/Arts
'Nice People' Opens in Studio Theatre

Posted on Tuesday, November 08, 2005


The Peake Players of Chesapeake College announce the opening of Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music, the second show of their Salute to the Lone Star State season. Nice People Dancing is a heartwarming comedy by Lee Blessing, who is also the author of Eleemosynary, which the Peake Players staged a few seasons ago.

Nice People Dancing is the story of Jim Stools, a reformed Harley rider, and his girlfriend, Eva June, a Minnesota transplant, who met in an airport while changing planes. They are the owners of the Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music Bar in Houston, previously a biker bar, but now, thanks to Eva June´s influence, a respectable workingman´s bar. "If you call yourself nice people," she explains, "nice people´ll come. If you call yourself dancing, then people will dance, instead of spreading their fat, leather-covered rears on a barstool and letting farts all night."

The ebullient Eva June receives a visit from her niece, Catherine, who is a novice "on retreat" from the convent because of a propensity to burst out with dirty words and odd phrases when she is tense. Roy, a lovable loser who frequents the Nice People bar, falls in love with Catherine, unaware of her religious calling, and the sparks begin to fly.

The show features a cast of Peake Players veterans: Pat Fee as Jim, Bruce Grove as Roy, Erica Tecce as Catherine, and Erik Murray as Eva June´s son, Jay Bob. Director Anita Livingston also joins the cast as Eva June. Andree Fee serves as Assistant Director, Chrissie Barr is Stage Manager, and Marjorie MacDonald and John Doherty serve as the technical crew.

Nice People Dancing runs for two weekends, November 11th through 20th, with performances at 7:30 on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 on Sundays. All performances are in the Cadby Theatre, located in the Humanities Building of the Chesapeake College campus. General admission is $10 and student/senior price is $8. Tickets are available at the door and reservations are not required. .For more information call the director at 410-822-5400, ext. 278.


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