P.A.L.T. final performance of “The Foreigner” this weekend

Published 1:07 pm Thursday, May 26, 2016

Matt Hall, left, who plays lead character in “The Foreigner” and Max Barclay, playing Owen Musser, perform a scene from this weekend’s final performance of the Port Arthur Little Theatre production.

The season finale of “The Foreigner” will take the stage for the final weekend performance of a comedy penned by American playwright Larry Shue.

Port Arthur Little Theater’s production of the two-act play features a cast of seven actors — many of which have years of acting experience.

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Set in a rural fishing lodge in Tilghman County, Georgia, the story features two Englishmen, Froggy and Charlie, who are guests at the lodge. Shy Charlie only agreed to go on the trip after his wife begged him to.

Because of his introverted nature, when others visiting the lodge try to converse Charlie remains silent, not letting on that his wife is ill. When Charlie cannot find the words to reply Froggy tells the lodge guests that his friend cannot speak English. In fact, Froggy elaborates, Charlie is from an exotic country.

Satisfied with the explanation, the lodge guests begin to talk freely among themselves while revealing secrets and scandals.

“It’s a fun production,” Walker said.

Since opening weekend “The Foreigner” has drawn large crowds.

“So far it has been great,” Walker said. “We have had wonderful audiences, and drew large crowds for a non-musical.”

The seven-member cast is small compared to many stage plays.

Matt Hall plays Charlie Baker and Jeff Courts plays “Froggy” LeSeuer. Betty Meeks, the lodge owner, is played by Chevelle Thomas. Amy Manders and KC Shay play brother and sister Catherine and Ellard Simms. Playing Catherine Simms’ boyfriend, the Rev. David Lee is Shea Dueler. The role of Max Barclay is played by Owen Musser, who doubles as they play’s assistant director.

“The cast is a lot of fun. A couple of them I have worked with before and we’ve had a couple of cast changes caused by emergency family situations,” Walker said. “The ones that stepped in are great, everybody gets along and we all have a good time.”

This weekend’s finale performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Port Arthur Little Theatre, 4701 Jimmy Johnson Blvd., Port Arthur.

Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for seniors, teachers and military. Children and students get in for $6.


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