Mid Ohio Valley Players to present ‘Same Time, Next Year’

Photo Provided Tim Tuten and Beth Lane portray George and Doris in ‘Same Time, Next Year.’

MARIETTA — The Mid Ohio Valley Players will present the romantic comedy, “Same Time, Next Year,” starting this weekend.

Show times will be 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and Feb. 15-16 and 3 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 17. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $7 for youth under 17. Tickets can be purchased at the MOVP box office at 5:30 p.m. on Friday through Sunday and at 1:30 p.m. on the day of the show. They can also be purchased online at midohiovalleyplayers.org and at Marty’s Print Shop at 307 Third St.

Sponsored by Gary and Nancy Dailey, the play, according to a press release, is set over three decades from the 1950s through the 1970s. The show traces the 24-year affair between George (Tim Tuten), an accountant, and housewife Doris (Beth Lane). The striking aspect of their rendezvous is they take place only once a year. The cozy confines of a Northern California country inn serve as the setting for the couple to share intimate details of each other’s lives, including the joys and sorrows of their own sizeable families.

First-time director Leslie McGoron, a veteran MOVP actor, said she has loved the show for years and always yearned for the chance to bring it to the stage. The highlight of her experience has been working with her cast. The actress who portrays Doris, Beth Lane, said patrons can expect to experience “love, laughter and warmth.”

Rod Poling is assistant director and lights and sound are handled by Kermit Polan.

At each performance, a 50/50 raffle will be held, with proceeds going to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. A donation will also be made in honor of two family members of MOVP members.

The Mid Ohio Valley Players also announce auditions for their upcoming play, “The Importance of Being Ernest” by Oscar Wilde.

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, 26 and 27 at the Players Theatre. A cast of five men and 4 women is being sought. The cast will perform the show with a British accent and be directed by Kermit Polan.

Performances are slated for May 3-5 and 10-12.

According to a press release, this Victorian comedy revolves around antics of the two protagonists who maintain fictitious personas to escape burdensome social obligations. High farce and witty dialogue have helped make “The Importance of Being Earnest” Wilde’s most enduringly popular play.