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MCC to Present "Moon Over Buffalo" Summer Play

[Friday, May 12, 2017]

The Black Box Summer Theatre, McHenry County College’s (MCC) new professional theatre, will present as part of MCC's 50th Anniversary celebration, Ken Ludwig’s hilarious comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo,” directed by Regina Belt-Daniels.

In the madcap comedy tradition of "Lend Me a Tenor," the hilarious "Moon Over Buffalo" centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they're playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in repertory theater in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingenue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of "The Scarlet Pimpernel." Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they're actually performing, caused by Charlotte's deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George's body (Samuel French).

"Moon Over Buffalo" is directed by Regina Belt-Daniels of (Crystal Lake, with set design by Tom Kesling of Glenview, lighting design by Rick Amundsen of Woodstock, costume design by Kathy Brunke of Woodstock, props design by Lori Mages of Woodstock, stage combat by Bill Daniel of Chicago and stage manager Kathryn McCord of Crystal Lake.

The cast includes Shannon Mayhall of Cary, winner of the 2016 Broadway World Chicago Award for Best Actress in a play (Resident/Equity); Jay Geller of Kildeer, chair of Theatre at McHenry County College, Jeff Cook of Crystal Lake, director of the "Upstaged Web Series," Trace Gamache of Crystal Lake, Sean Plotts of Wonder Lake, Brendan Gaughan of Woodstock, Katherine Kallaus of Crystal Lake, and Kathie Comella of Woodstock.

"Moon Over Buffalo" runs at 7 p.m. June 9-10, 16-17, 23-25 and at 2 p.m. June 11, 18 and 25. Tickets are $12 for students, seniors, MCC employees and alumni and $15 for the general public. Call (815) 455-8746 or email for reservations and ticket information.

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