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Mid-Ohio Valley Players to present ‘Father Knows Best’ show

MARIETTA — WMOVP Radio Theatre, the virtual stage of the Mid-Ohio Valley Players, returns this evening with another online presentation.

After a short hiatus during the Mid Ohio Valley Players successful return to live theatre in January, WMOVP Radio Theatre, created when restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus were instituted last year, will present the Valentine’s Day episode “An Orchid for a Lady” from “Father Knows Best.” The show debuted Feb. 15. 1951.

The live show, which is free, will be presented at 7 p.m. today on Zoom.

A story about the Anderson family, will Margaret be the only woman in the neighborhood who doesn’t get an orchid from her husband? Will young Bud be able to get Valentine’s gifts for his five best girls? Will Kathy use all of her money to buy herself Valentines so she gets the most at school?

WMOVP Radio Theatre has provided an opportunity for residents to continue to experience live theatre while giving actors and technicians a chance to do theater.

Today’s show is the fifth installment of “Father Knows Best” produced by WMOVP.

It is an audience favorite and the stories have resonated with all involved, said Director Amber Smrek, who also plays Kathy.

“We look forward to holidays because it is a chance to get the family back together,” Smrek said.

Vanessa Rake plays as Betty Anderson.

“I’ve lost count of how many ‘Father Knows Best’ episodes we have done so far and these shows tend to be a favorite of our WMOVP viewers,” she said. “We play off each other well and we really have become a close little family when we get to be the Andersons.”

To view the live performance at 7 p.m. today on Zoom, go to 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 show will be rebroadcast 8 p.m. Saturday as a Facebook premiere video on the Mid Ohio Valley Players Facebook page.

The cast includes:

* Announcer: Elizabeth Kinser

* Jim Anderson, father: Jeff Walker

* Margaret Anderson, mother: Kathy Biery

* Bud, teenage son: Sean Shoop

* Betty, teenage daughter: Vanessa Rake

* Kathy, youngest daughter: Amber Smrek

* Ed Davis: Sam Kinker

* Director: Amber Smrek

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