Page and Stage set for June 9

Anoka County Library, in partnership with the Lyric Arts Theater, will present a Page and Stage performance of Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” Sunday, June 9, noon, at the Lyric Arts Main Street Stage.

Participants will receive a copy of the script and a study guide to prepare for the pre-show discussion. Cristopher Tibbetts will facilitate the discussion of the script, its characters and “what to look for” in the performance.

Participants will watch the performance of “Barefoot in the Park” and then stay for a post-show discussion where the cast and director hold a question and answer session with the audience.

“After a long winter, this refreshing comedy will have the audience ready to laugh out loud,” said Anoka County Commissioner Scott Schulte. “Simon is a master of combining humor and the hard reality of human relationships.”

In Simon’s timeless comedy, Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds who are realizing the honeymoon is over. He’s a serious young lawyer and she’s a free-spirited bride. Their tiny “top-of-the-building-with-no-elevator” Manhattan apartment is perfect to keep a meddlesome mother-in-law away.

But with bad plumbing, a closet for a bedroom, a leak in the skylight and an unexpected rooftop neighbor… well, anything that can go wrong invariably does.

“Discussing the play before and after the performance creates a deeper appreciation for this heartfelt comedy,” said Anoka County Library Board Vice President Melanie Keister.

“Watch how the actors and actresses bring the characters you have imagined to life.”

The program is open to ages 15 and older. Registration is required and seating is limited. To reserve a spot, contact the Main Street Box Office at 763-433-2510 extension 101 and mention the Anoka County Library Barefoot in the Park Page and Stage program.

Participants must register by May 31 and are expected to take part in all aspects of the program, including pre-show and post-show discussions.

Lyric Arts Theater is located at 420 E. Main St. in Anoka.

This event is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more information about Lyric Arts Theater, visit www.lyricarts.org. For more information about this program and Anoka County Library, visit anokacountylibrary.org.

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