Pulling off Paul Sills’ Story Theatre is quite an accomplishment for highly skilled actors. The Tony Award winning play incorporates a variety of theatre and acting styles such pantomime and improvisation, which is challenging to say the least.

But for a group of actors — some with limited acting experience — to make this play come to life is defintely a monumental feat.

That’s exactly what the Pauls Valley Arts Council’s Not Quite Ready For Broadway Players will do this Thursday through Sunday, November 17-20, as the PVAC presents its third live theatrical performance since forming a little over a year ago.

“I’m really proud of the cast,” said Tim Smith, director. “From the very first rehearsals the cast has taken this production very seriously, nailing their blocking and acting down early on so the finer aspects of the play can be polished and performed.”

This is Smith’s second time to direct the play which is broken up into eight vignettes based on Aesop’s Fables and the Brother’s Grimm Fairy Tales.

Such stories as “The Fisherman and His Wife,” “The Golden Goose” and "The Bremen Town Musicians” make up the two-act comedy/drama.

Each scene is different from the next, making each a different act, though the play is divided into two acts with an intermission in the middle.

The play immediately creates the atmosphere of a traveling troupe of musicians and actors who have come to town to entertain and perform just for the fun of it.

While acting out each scene, the actors must also tell the story of each scene. Each member of the cast makes the transition from narrator to actor with ease while never compromising the entertainment value of the scene.

Cast members are Clay Burkholder, Derek Reed, Zac Brumley, Karen Chatham, Rodney Wright, Vera Thacker, Samantha Cozort, Shannon Myers, Amber Bolinger and Beth Adams.

Perfomance times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Prior to Sunday’s matinee performance, the Pauls Valley Band Boosters will host a lasagna dinner to raise funds for the Pauls Valley High School Band’s trip to the Alamo Bowl next month.

The dinner will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the high school and wil feature lasagna, bread, salad, dessert, and coffee, tea or water.

There will be no admission charge for the dinner but donations will be greatly appreciated.

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