Seneca Community Players will continue its 35th season with “Enchanted April,” a heartwarming comedy about friendship, love and the rediscovery of life's enchantments, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20 and Saturday the 21st and the following weekend, Friday the 27th and Saturday the 28th with a matinée at 2 p.m., Sunday, April 22 in the Delavan Theatre in Seneca Falls.
Director Becky Bly's new stage adaptation of Matthew Barber's play based on Elizabeth vonArnim's 1921 best-selling novel deals with the promise of better times and sunnier outlooks for almost everyone.
The action opens in cold and rainy post-World War I London as Lotty Wilson (played Pam Rapoza) and Rose Arnott (played by Laura Feligno) are introduced. Both are married to husbands who overpower them, and their loveless marriages make them subjugated housewives.
The English weather — cold rain beating against the doors of a ladies clubhouse — does not help matters either. Lotty spots a newspaper ad for a secluded Tuscan villa for rent for the whole month of April. They recruit two additional women to join them: Mrs. Graves (played by Kathy Hadley), a strong-willed autocratic woman with opinions on what she wants and does not want; and an upper-class flapper, Lady Caroline (played by Mariah Ernhout), who likes to dance on tables but wants to get away from the high life of gin and jazz.
Rounding out the cast are RJ Rapoza as Lotty's husband, Mellersh, a supercilious and stuffy solicitor who firmly believes a woman's place is in the home; and Jeb Albro as Rose's husband, Frederick, a breezy, sarcastic author who writes historical novels under a pen name.
Tickets are $8 in advance, and are available at WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, Area Records and Music in Geneva, by calling (315) 568-9364 or by visiting Seneca Community Players. They will be $10 at the door.
Delavan Theatre is located on the campus of the New York Chiropractic College, Route 89 in Seneca Falls.