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Community Players expect ‘riotous laughter’ in season opener

August 24, 2018
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Paige Patton and Patrick Marlatt star as two bumbling cops in "Unnecessary Farce." Opening night will be Friday Aug. 24 at 7:30 p.m at Community Players Theater.

Community Players in Beatrice is preparing for its opening night of the 2018-2019 season with the comedy “Unnecessary Farce,” which will run for two weekends.

The comedy follows two cops trying to catch a corrupt mayor. Guest Director Alex Hollmann says the mission turns into more than they expect when other characters are thrown into the mix.

“They become distracted by various characters such as an accountant that keeps taking her clothes off and a security agent from town hall who is afraid of his own shadow and an underground mafia,” Hollmann said.

“Unnecessary Farce” is Hollmann’s first time directing outside of Doane University and he is happy with the hands on experience he is getting at Community Players.

“This is the first time I have been able to work with an entire production team,” Hollmann said. “So I get to talk to a set designer and so publicity photos and get to talk to work with a costume person and with the set construction people and get to really be involved with collaborating with that many new people.”

Show times are Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday Aug. 26 at 2 p.m.

The following weekend will be Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.

Community Players Managing Artistic Director, Jamie Ulmer said he is aware that Sept. 1 is the same time as the first Husker football game but said he is looking to have a tailgate party including food and drinks.

“On the second Saturday of the run, which is think is Sept. 1, we know it is Husker football,” Ulmer said. “It is the first game of the season and it is at the same time as the show so we will be doing a little tailgating party before the show we will have hot dogs, chips and drinks available and we’re also going to be doing special discount on tickets to that show.”

Ulmer said having “Unnecessary Farce” as the start of its six-show season will help get people excited for the rest of the year. This season, Community Players are collaborating with some organizations in the community and surrounding areas outside of their regular season shows.

“It’s just good to collaborate with your friends and neighbors especially in a town, relatively speaking, as small as Beatrice,” Ulmer said. “You have to work together and have those strong relationships. The more people see that you work together the more it builds that sense of community and that’s another one of those amazing strengths of strong arts organizations in the community.”

Tickets prices for “Unnecessary Farce” are $18 for adults and $12 for students. Tickets can be purchased at Community Players at 412 Ella St. There will also be a 20 percent discount for law enforcement officers, first responders, dispatchers and their families as well.

“People should come see the show because everyone needs to laugh and this will have riotous laughter, but it’s just a fun great time, it will brighten people’s day,” Hollmann said.

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