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‘Enchanted April’ opens Oct. 5 at Pequot Lakes

Web posted September 19, 2023
A cast of eight experienced actors and crew of 12 skilled assistants are assembled for the gentle and romantic comedy “Enchanted April” opening Oct. 5 in Pequot Lakes.

Co-directed by three long-time leaders of Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts (GLAPA), this show plays in six performances at the Pequot Lakes High School Theater.

Performances are 7 p.m. Oct. 5, 7, 12, and 14 and 2 p.m. Oct. 8 and 15.

Feeling lost in the shadows of marriage and forgotten in the rush of 1920s post-war society, two London housewives pool their savings to rent a villa in Italy. It is to be a ladies-only holiday joined by a pair of upper-class women to share the cost and the experience. Sweet-natured Lotty Wilton suffers depression from the bleak London winter as well as an oppressive relationship with her pompous solicitor-husband. When she sees an advertisement for a castle rental in Italy for the month of April, Lotty jumps at a chance to escape for the “idyllic spot for those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine.”

Sensing instant kinship with fellow housewife Rose Arnott, Lotty persuades the angelic woman with sorrows of her own to join her.

Seeking to reduce travel costs, the pair find Caroline Bramble, a beautiful and exhausted socialite, and Mrs. Graves, an overbearing widow, to round out the party.

Together under the Mediterranean sun, the four women clash – then begin to bond and bloom – until men upset the balance. With the arrival of two chastened husbands and one attractive young artist, romance blooms again.

The cast: Daren Blanck, Nisswa; Ben Gordon, Pine River; Eddie Binda and Sue Johnson, Brainerd; Lauren Nickisch and Rhoda Jackson, Pequot Lakes; Deb Binda, Crosslake; Lisa Hansen, Breezy Point.

Directors are veterans Nancy Waller, Breezy Point, and assistants Judy Larsen (emeritus) and Lauren Nickisch, Pequot Lakes.

The crew: Meredith Bjorkquist, Crosslake, stage manager; Tim Jeagjeld, Pine River, set design/props master; Nancy Ryan, Pequot Lakes, tech director; Deb Binda, Crosslake, costumer; CJ Anderson, Pequot Lakes, special effects; Pat Dullum, Pequot Lakes, assistant costumer; Jon Bjorkquist, Crosslake, lighting tech; Ken Henke, Pequot Lakes, sound tech; and Ronnie Villa, Pequot Lakes, rigging.

Ticket prices: Adults $15 / Seniors (60+) $13 / Youth (18U) $10.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit glapa.org or call Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

It is presented with permission from Dramatists Play Service, Inc. as a copyrighted work by Matthew Barber from the novel by Elizabeth von Arnim.

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