Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Starlighters opens None of the Above June 17

Anamosa - Starlighters II Theatre’s will present the hilarious modern comedy None of The Above written by Jenny Lyn Bader. Performance dates will be June 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at Starlighters Theatre, 136 East Main Street, in Anamosa. Friday and Saturday performances will be at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday performances at 2 p.m.

None Of The Above is a character driven play that takes place in the urban setting of New York City where we meet Jamie, a 17-year-old daughter of excessively affluent parents, living on the Upper East Side. She would rather spend her time being a cause célèbre at her exclusive private high school than studying for the SATs. To take on the challenge of tutoring her, Jamie’s father hires Clark, a geeky college student who likes to count the words in every sentence he hears. On the surface, the duo couldn’t be more different. But when Jamie learns of the conditions and rewards in her father’s contract with Clark, the snap judgments between the two fade away, and they form their own pact, which might just prove to benefit both of them.

Ticket prices are $13 for adults and $12 for senior citizens (62 and over) and students (through college). For reservations, call the box office at (319) 462-4793. The box office hours are Monday through Friday, from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The cast of None of The Above includes Monticello's own Breeyn Tighe as Jamie, and Zach Lockhart from Adel, Iowa as Clark. The director of None of The Above is Matt Kumley, also of Monticello.

On Wednesday, June 1st, a panel of five of Starlighters II's finest directors (Rick Sanborn; William Wims; Jan Cratsenberg; Polly Chalstrom; Bob Furino) was invited by director Matt Kumley to critique the show and give him feedback for possible use in the last few weeks of rehearsals.

The panel was impressed by the high quality of the show with two and a half weeks of rehearsal time still remaining. Theatre co-founder, Bob Furino, said, "This show has the potential to be one of Starlighters II's best productions, considering that it is a very fine show now, and still has over two weeks of rehearsal to polish it even further. It has a lot of laughs, heartwarming romance, and even some great moments of drama. I loved watching the two actors, Breeyn Tighe and Zach Lockhart, breathe life into the characters of Jamie and Clark."

"I am very impressed," continued Furino, "by the work of the show's director, Matt Kumley. This is his first time in the director's chair. We already knew Matt was a strong actor, but he is also developing into a fine director of acting as well. He has a good insight into the characters and subtext of the play, and has a way of bringing out the best in actors. I think he has a great future in the theatre."

For more information about None of The Above, visit the Starlighters II website at or call 319-462-4793. None of The Above contains some strong language.

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