BREATH OF SPRING

 
DIRECTOR: Sherrie Colbourn
Asst. Director: Enid Munk
2nd Asst. Director: Christine Putnam
PRODUCER: Brent A. Stringfield
October 10 - November 2, 2003

By Peter Coke: When Dame Beatrice is given a mink stole by her maid; she is reminded of the maid's shady past and immediately suspects that is was stolen from the next flat. A former army officer and other lodgers endeavor to return the stole. The plan is devised with care and all of them take such delight in the secretive scheme that they wonder why they don't do this more often. They form a syndicate for stealing and returning furs. Everything goes well until a loss is reported and the police come charging in. The maid is horrified to discover what has been going on behind her back, but agrees to employ her talents to bail the amateurs out of trouble if they agree to never touch another fur. She succeeds, the police leave, and life returns to its humdrum ways...until someone remembers that it is only furs they had promised not to touch! "Two hours of ...moments when I was helpless with laughter." -- London Daily Mirror



 CAST
Miss Nanette Parry ("Nan")     Shari Lyon
Brigadier Albert Rayne,
C.B., C.M.G., M.V.O.
     Jeff Laurence
Lily Thompson (The Maid)     Lee Donnelly
Alice, Lady Miller     Anita Honey
Dame Beatrice Appleby,
D.B.E., ("Bee")
     Sheila Miller
Miss Elizabeth Hatfield ("Hattie")     Gloria      Goldstein
Pape     Mark Martin
Kemp     Jason      Anderson
Stage setting for Breath of Spring


Shari Lyon

Jeff Laurence

Lee Donnelly

Anita Honey

Sheila Miller

Gloria Goldstein

Mark Martin

Jason Anderson
 

PRODUCTION STAFF
ProducerBrent A. StringfieldHouse DecorationAaron Oslie
DirectorSherrie ColbournCostumesArlene Darden
Assistant DirectorEnid MunkPropertiesCarl & Leona Stringfield
2nd Asst. DirectorChristine PutnamSpecial PropsShari Justice
Stage ManagerEvelynHouse ManagerPowPAC
Set DesignSherrie Colbourn, Barbara SeagrenReservationsBrenda Ward
Scenic DesignerRosemary KingStage HandMatt Seamon
Dialect CoachHelen McGuinnessProgram Cover & Flyer ArtworkMichael McCullock
Set Construction CrewBarbara Seagren, Chief: Marj Bowen, Joel & Sherrie Colbourn, Marge Cretelle, Jane Russell, Colette Sindelar, John SeagrenProgram/WebmasterElden R. Davisson
Set DresserLynne BatchelorVideographerJohn Heinen
Sound DesignLou AllianoPhotographyTony Eisenhower
Lighting DesignPeter McGuinnessPublicitySherrie Colbourn
Sound and Lighting TechnicianLarry ClappPrintingBirmingham Press


All pictures supplied by Tony Eisenhower, Photographer

'Breath of Spring' proves the Brits really know how to make us laugh

Pomanado Newspaper Group
October 23, 2003
Review by Pat Kumpan
 
For audiences seeking a respite from the "telly," video games, or the like, "Breath of Spring" definitely tickles the funny bone and shouldn't be missed.

Leave it to the Brits to stir up the right amount of comedy in the classic "Breath of Spring" with wit, charm and logic, and bravo to local Thespians who know how to deliver it with a breezy dose of fun.

It's showing for two more weekends, now through Nov. 2, at the Poway Performing Arts Company in the Lively Center at 13250 Poway Road.

Althought the dialogue between Sheila Miller as Dame Beatrice and Lee Donnelly as Lily, the maid, gets off to a bumpy start in the first scene, humor heats up and so does their timing.

In fact, the ensemble cast's ability really shines through, as the plot thickens, thanks to Jeff Laurence as the retired brigadier, Shari Lyon as Nan, Anita Honey as Alice, Gloria Goldstein as Hattie, Mark Martin as Detective Pape and Jason Anderson as his assistant, Kemp.

Much of the play's action takes place in Dame Beatrice's London living room in 1948, where her boarders, whom she politely refers to as "guests," converge to use the phone, or chat with each other.

When Lily steals a neighbor's fur coat, because she can't resist reverting to her former livelihood as a robber, everyone pitches in with a plan to return the coat before the owners know it is missing.

With the brigadier's precise timing, all goes off without a hitch. In fact, the group gets so excited about pulling such a successful caper, they go into the fur-stealing business -- without involving Lily, who promised to go straight.

Reaching the "tea time of their life" does not limit Beatrice, her friend Alice or the boarders from devising a well-planned scheme that allows them to help the needy in a devious, and yes, illegal way.

All of a sudden the group gets a taste of being Robin Hoods -- and they like it.

Look for witty dialogue, a comedy that gets better with laughter as it unfolds, and community theater at its best.

Perfomrances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. General admission is , and for seniors, students and active military. For reservations, call (858) 679-8085. For other information, check PowPAC's Web site at www.powpac.org.