The Wetumpka Depot Players is opening its doors to audiences for the theater's 41st Season with the production, 84 Charing Cross Road.
Adapted by James Roose Evans from Helene Hanff's novel of the same title, the play will run April 1-9 on the Watt Jones, Jr. Stage at 300 S. Main St.
This production will mark the first indoor public performance for the theatre since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
84 Charing Cross Road is the charming story of two strangers who connect through letter writing over a 20-year period. Based on a true story, the production features a struggling New York playwright who begins a correspondence in 1949 with the manager of a London antiquarian bookstore, located at the address of the show’s title.
Bright humored and affectionate, the play gives audiences a glimpse of post war America and London as the two progress from business acquaintances to dear friends.
"While it wasn't a difficult decision to halt our 2020 season in an effort to keep our volunteers and audiences safe and healthy, the disappointment of cancelling our 40th anniversary season was felt by our entire community," said Jeff Langham, Wetumpka Depot Players board president. "Despite the pandemic, we have rallied through with virtual content, creating new work and presenting some outdoor performances. The time feels right now to open our doors cautiously, following CDC guidelines. 84 Charing Cross Road is the perfect way to launch our 41st season."
The Wetumpka Depot will reduce capacity significantly for these performances to allow for social distancing and will follow CDC guidelines.
Depot artistic director, Kristy Meanor, will play the role of Helene Hanff, and Scott Page will play the role of Frank Doel.
"We are excited to bring this intimate and charming show to our audiences," Meanor said. "It's been fun to go back to this time period when a relationship was built on letter writing. Scott and I have had fun exploring this world when life was slower without the instant communication means we enjoy today. Polar opposites, Frank and Helene's first communications were based on discussion of books but eventually it led to more intimate discussions of their worlds. It's such a tender, moving story and it also gives us a glimpse into the world during this 22-year span of history. It's fun to time travel on stage as the sound cues transition from the Andrews Sisters to the Beatles."
Tickets are $15 and are on sale at wetumpkadepot.com or by mailing a check to WDP PO BOX 1031, Wetumpka, Al 36092.
For more info, contact Meanor at email@example.com. The Wetumpka Depot is located at 300 S. Main Street in downtown Wetumpka.