With their next production, Sumter Little Theatre explores the notion that sometimes a man a will do just about anything for money, but will do even more for love.
From the mind of Ken Ludwig, the same playwright that penned SLT’s production “Lend Me a Tenor,” comes “Leading Ladies,” the story of Jack and Leo, two down-and-out British actors, traveling across America with their rag-tag show, stopping wherever they can find a welcoming stage, vehemently holding on to their dreams of stardom.
Plans change, however, when they discover the possibility of using their acting skills to pose as Max and Steve, the potential heirs of a dying wealthy woman who plans to bequeath her entire wealth to the two children of her sister; children who were taken to England when they were young, never to be seen again. When the pair learns the nephews, Max and Steve, are actually nieces, Maxine and Stephanie, there’s nothing left for the two to do but to carry out the ruse in drag.
SLT’s production features Matt Wilt and Storm Smith as they are joined by experienced all-star cast of the local stage, including Amber Coulter, Charlotte Gallagher, Michael Duffy, David Brown, Joanie McLeod and Hunter Cappelman.
Directed by Traci Quinn, SLT’s production of Leading Ladies, sponsored by SCE&G, runs Feb. 9-12 and 16-19. Show times are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with 3 p.m. matinees on Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, seniors and military personnel. For reservations, call the theatre at (803) 775-2150, or buy tickets online at www.SumterLittleTheatre.com.