Mid-Ohio Valley Players presenting ‘Father Knows Best’ online show

Jim Anderson, played by Jeff Walker, and Margaret Anderson, played by Kathy Biery, listen as youngest daughter Kathy, played by Amber Smrek, recites her Thanksgiving Day poem on the radio. (Image Provided)

MARIETTA — The Mid-Ohio Valley Players WMOVP Radio Theatre returns to cyberspace with a Thanksgiving episode of “Fathers Knows Best” at 8 p.m. today on Zoom.

WMOVP Radio Theatre was created early in the pandemic when live theater was closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The first show presented in the radio theater series was an episode of “Father Knows Best,” which later became a popular TV comedy.

“This was our first WMOVP offering. It has been our most watched episode with over 400 viewers on Facebook,” Director Suzanne Walker said.

Today’s episode is “a great way to get in the spirit for Thanksgiving,” she said.

“As many of us contemplate a Thanksgiving that may be very different than our normal celebrations, this episode reminds us of the importance of family and no matter how different the celebration may look we are still bound together by love,” Walker said.

The show opens with youngest daughter Kathy, played by Amber Smrek, practicing her winning Thanksgiving Day poem for her parents, Jim Anderson, played by Jeff Walker, and Margaret, played by Kathy Biery. Thanksgiving in the Anderson house will not be the same this year as all of the Anderson children have plans to eat dinner elsewhere for the holiday, leaving mom and dad on their own for the first time.

“What ensues promises to bring laughter and tears to audience members as we too prepare for a Thanksgiving that will be missing distant friends and family due to the pandemic,” Walker said.

Walker said he was delighted to get to reprise the role of Anderson.

“During this time when there is so much uncertainty and we know that this Thanksgiving may be unlike any other that you have experienced, we at WMOVP are thankful for the opportunity to do social distance theater,” he said.

The show will be rebroadcast 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night as a Facebook premiere video on the Mid-Ohio Valley Players Facebook page.

To view the performance live at 8 p.m. today, the audience can view through Zoom at https://mariettacollege.zoom.us/j/93626779110 or call in to hear the audio at 301-715-8592 or 312-626-6799, Webinar ID: 936 2677 9110.

The cast list is:

* Announcer: Eiz Kinser

* 2nd Announcer: Dyrk Conrad

* Jim, father: Jeff Walker

* Margaret, mother: Kathy Biery

* Bud, teenage son: Sean Shoop

* Betty, teenage daughter: Vanessa Rake

* Kathy, youngest daughter: Amber Smrek

* Principal” George Gaston


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