Crossroads Theatre play takes viewers behind the scenes

LAKE AND OSCEOLA COUNTIES — For those who love theater or want to kick back and enjoy a show, the upcoming Crossroads Theatre play production, “Mystery In The Crossroads Theatre,” will give a special look at what goes on behind the show curtain.

“This play was written by a local couple, Phil and Maureen Watson, and gives the audience a look at how a show comes together and how we pick productions. Some mystery also is thrown in for good measure,” said Crossroads Theatre Guild Vice Chairman Duane Bittner, who directs the play. “This play shows how theater productions are more than just acting.

It shows how everything comes together behind the scenes, such as lighting, scenery, sound and directing. I love that aspect.”

The play is a comedy and mystery and has 11 local actors from Osceola and Lake counties and surrounding areas.

It is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, and Saturday, Sept. 16, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The following week, showtimes are at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 21, and Saturday, Sept. 23, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 at Crossroads Theatre in Reed City. Admission is $10.

Ellen Finkbeiner plays Dell Pickle; David Ball, Mr. Director; Shelly Gerring, assistant director; Connie Sheldon, Ms. Lightly; Ron Ingraham, Mr. Glumm; Nedra Ball, Sasha Slovnic; Duane Bittner, narrator and lighting director; Darrin Kohl, Mr. Hal E. Wood and Elvis; Mike Michaud, Lafferty and Holmes; Dorothy Bregg, Sandy Small and Watson; Phil Watson, Terry Letterman; and Angie Bittner, set designer.

“We have been practicing the play since mid-August and are ready to take it on,” Bittner said. “There are four actors new to our theater, Connie Sheldon, Angie Bittner, Dorothy Bregg and Phil Watson. They are all doing very well, jitters and all. We are hoping for a decent turnout.”