After young lovers Peter and Rita exchange wedding vows, the customary pleasantries follow. When an elderly gentleman kisses the bride in congratulations, the supernatural ensues.
During the honeymoon, Peter slowly discovers his wife’s body is now inhabited by the old man’s soul. So where is the old man’s physical form now containing Rita? Peter is driven to find the person he loves to see if their connection remains.
Theatre 98 (350 Morphy Ave., Fairhope) stages Craig Lucas’ 1988 play, “Prelude to a Kiss,” on May 10 – 26 under the direction of Jon Robitaille. Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinee is 2:30 p.m. There will be an extra performance on Thursday, May 23, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $18; $12 for students. They can be purchased at 251-929-4366 or at theatre98.org.
Twain classic starts the summer
Little else meshes with summer’s freedom like the boyhood fantasy encapsulated in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” Mark Twain’s titular scamp has sparked the dreams of pre-pubescent boys for close to 150 years now and his antics on river rafts, in caves and around the countryside complete a sort of childhood nirvana.
The Playhouse in the Park (4851 Museum Dr.) continues its adaptation of the humorous classic with an original script and score through May 19. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $16; $14 for seniors and students.
For more information, call 251-602-0630 or go to playhouseinthepark.org.
Student mural at waterfront locale
Perhaps inspired by a similar project during a Spring 2018 community theatre conference in Mobile, students from the University of Mobile (UM) undertook a mural project on a downtown wall. The project site was one of the walls of the parking deck beneath the Arthur R. Outlaw–Mobile Convention Center (1 Water St.) beside the Mobile River.
“We want these walls to tell a story, the story of Mobile,” Brandt Wilhelm, director of operations at the convention center, said in a press release. “The convention center has thousands of people come through the facility who are not from Mobile or even South Alabama.”
Wilhelm asked Phillip Counselman, chair of the art department at UM’s Alabama School of the Arts to take on the project. Contemplating Mobile’s history, Counselman was inspired by Mobile Bay’s annual regattas. Colorful sails and Mobile’s Middle Bay Lighthouse dominate the scene.
Fifteen UM students began the painting April 10. Some students are a part of associate professor Megan Cary’s painting class, while others heard about the project and took their own initiative.
“This is a great opportunity for our students to work on such a large scale and to learn how to manage this type of project,” Counselman said.
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