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Courtesy photo The actors of the comedy “The Nightingales”, from left to right, are Elaine Heidemann, Jodi Kamyszek. Mike Marx, Theresa Gibson and Bill Powell at the piano. The play opens Friday at the Rogers City Theater.

ROGERS CITY – Step into comedy this weekend with “The Nightingales” at Rogers City Theater.

The Rogers City Community Theater has been working on the fall production which, according to a press release from director Karl W. Heidemann, will be a “laughing comedy”.

Written by Peter Quill, “The Nightingales” is set in the 1950s. It revolves around a dramatic family that performs both at home and on stage.

Heidemann said the cast is full of familiar faces.

“They’ve all been on our stage before,” said Heidemann, who has directed at least 20 plays with the RCCT. “It’s a good group of people to work with. It was a very smooth rehearsal process.

He said they had to move the show for a few weeks due to the upcoming worldwide production of “All Together Now” on November 12.

“We have a good, experienced cast, and they were able to meet this challenge,” Heidemann said.

Bill Powell plays Jack, “a cabaret star, as in love with his piano as with his silk dressing gowns”.

Mike Marx and Elaine Heidemann play the parents of Jack, Charlie and Beatrice, who are “old Music Hall artists, full of hilarious stories of life on the road,” the press release notes. “The Music Hall circuit was the English version of American Vaudeville, long after its heyday.”

Theresa Gibson plays Maggie, who “performs with Jack in the evenings and regularly visits his house to rehearse, drink tea and tell the sad tales of his latest romantic disaster. If only she and Jack realized that their true love was right in front of them.

When Jack’s parents suddenly show up to ask to stay with him for “a few days,” his life and Maggie’s quickly degenerate into chaos. Parents will not leave!

Jack’s housekeeper, Geraldine, played by Jodi Kamyszek, “copes with the ensuing disturbance masterfully, but Beatrice unexpectedly disappears,” the statement said. “It seems it wasn’t a simple visit, but an opportunity for her to leave Charlie and flee to another liaison in France.”

Questions remain. Does True Love Exist and How Do I Find It? Are there things like happy endings? And what do artists do after the spotlights are off?

“It’s a very funny and charming show business comedy, full of lines, lovable characters, crazy fun and a touch of touching nostalgia,” Heidemann said in the press release.

He added that the piece is considered PG-13 “for adult innuendo and soft language.”

Heidemann said that besides being funny, “there are heartwarming moments in this room.”

He said he focuses on the importance of family and love.

“I like comedies with a bit of truth,” he said. “If he didn’t have a heart, I wouldn’t rule him.”

In addition to director Karl W. Heidemann, other members of the production include assistant director and director Charlotte Heidemann, and crew Riconda Lamb, Baylee Lijewski, Noah Hanson, Judy Fisher and Cliff Fisher.

The performance dates for “The Nightingales” are tonight through October 31st, 7:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:00 pm on Sundays.

All performances will take place in the historic, disabled-accessible Rogers City Theater located at 257 North Third St. in Rogers City. Tickets cost $ 14 for adults and $ 6 for all students. Tickets will only be available at the theater box office, one hour before curtain time for each performance. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. For more information, call 989-734-7368.

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