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'6 Rms Rv Vu' at Prairie Arts Center

Published: Friday, March 1, 2013 12:22 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, March 1, 2013 12:25 p.m. CDT
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(Shaw Media Service photo/Dixie Schroeder)
Ann (Karen Lesman of LaSalle) gets ready to enter the apartment and have a picnic with her new friend, Paul, in the Prairie Arts Center’s production of “6 Rms Rv Vu” which will run March 8, 9 and 10 in Princeton.

PRINCETON — Local adult theater is back in Princeton. Comedy antics will leave you in stitches during the Prairie Arts Center comedy show “6 Rms Rv Vu” at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. March 10. The title of “6 Rms Rv Vu” is New York Times shorthand for an available six-room apartment with a river view. Two 50-something Manhattanites show up to look over this vacant apartment: Anne Miller (Karen Lesman of LaSalle), a bored housewife; and Paul Friedman (Larry Kelsey of Peru), an unhappily married advertising copywriter. The door is accidentally locked, and Anne and Paul are left alone together ... and that's where the plotline — and their relationship — shifts into gear. “This has been fun as my first experience directing. I couldn't ask for a better cast,” Director Ken Schroeder said. “I have been very blessed with super talented and experienced friends who were willing to come and help us with filling in the supporting roles that always make a show great.” Newcomer Lesman said she has been feeling "incredibly challenged" by this role. "It’s the biggest role I have ever had as I haven’t had many big roles as I have only done (theater) for about a year," she said. "I was really, really honored that Ken would trust this role to me. I’ve worked very hard to try to get this right.” Kelsey also agreed that this show has been interesting, “I am having a fun time," he said. "It’s exciting and also terrifying having so many lines and everything, but it’s a wonderful character to get into. And it’s been a pleasure to get into the character and a pleasure to work with everyone in the cast.” Schroeder said it's the little things that make a show great. "It's the period costumes, the experienced actors and actresses in the supporting roles, the camaraderie that develops as you rehearse," he said. "We have a very experienced group of local people working on costumes, lights and the set … I feel we are very lucky as we have a great group of people that are putting on a funny, funny show and are really quite good in it.”   Supporting cast includes the crazy custodian, (Gary Talsky of Spring Valley), along with the wacky next door neighbor, (Karen Rogers of Utica) and spouses, Janet (Jill Marti of Princeton) and Richard (Matt Gerding of LaSalle.=). Cameo appearances are made by Princeton's Cheriz Kunkel as a pregnant woman and Anson Murray of Sheffield as her husband. Producer for “6 Rms Riv Vu” is Dixie Schroeder. Tickets are $10 each and can be reserved by leaving a message at the Prairie Arts Center at 815-875-2787. Tickets can be held at the door or purchased the nights of the show.

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