“Leading Ladies” in Winters

Byline Richard Kleeberg

Leading Ladies is the next exciting production to be offered right here in beautiful downtown Winters, presented by the Winters Theatre Company.  Opening on Friday, March 9, Leading Ladies continues for 5 more performances over two weekends.


Leading Ladies was written by internationally acclaimed playwright Ken Ludwig, who also wrote Lend Me A Tenor, Crazy For You, and Moon Over Buffalo. Local theater fans will fondly remember the WTC production of Ludwig’s Moon over Buffalo, presented at the Community Center just two years ago.


Stars who have appeared in Ken Ludwig’s plays include Carol Burnett, Lynn Redgrave, Alec Baldwin, Joan Collins, Robert Goulet, Mickey Rooney, and Hal Holbrook.  Unfortunately, unexpected last minute scheduling conflicts did not allow any of these actors to appear in Winters for this production.  But worry not – the wonderful WTC cast in Leading Ladies will still knock your socks (and your stockings) off!


Scott Taylor and Trent Beeby will play the two major male characters in Leading Ladies.  They discover a golden opportunity to grab millions of dollars, and all they have to do is impersonate two long-lost people who are eligible to inherit a fortune.  But there is one catch – the two missing persons they must impersonate just happen to be women.  And so the fun begins!


Scott Taylor makes his debut performance with WTC.  He has extensive acting experience with other regional and community theater groups.   Trent Beeby is one of the best known members of the Winters Theatre Company. He has directed four WTC plays, including The Foreigner, last year, and starred as Scrooge, in A Christmas Carol; as Captain Von Trapp, in The Sound of Music; and George Bailey, in It’s A Wonderful Life; along with many other roles over the years.


Having male actors pretend to be women is quite common in the history of theater, and certainly not new for the WTC. This will be the third WTC production in the past few years that has included at least one male actor dressing as a woman. In the Summer of 2010, talented veteran WTC actor Jim Hewlett transformed from Francis Flute to the luscious and lovely Thisbe, in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  And in 2009, in the WTC presentation of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Richard Kleeberg played Portia, one of Cinderella’s mean-spirited stepsisters.  Scott Taylor and Trent Beeby promise to enchant and amuse everyone when they don their dresses and hop into their high-heeled shoes for Leading Ladies!

Please join the Winters Theatre Company for their rollicking comedy production of Leading Ladies.  The Opening Gala Performance will be on Friday, March 9, at 7:30pm. Additional performances will on Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, and Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, March 16, 17, and 18.

The Gala performance on March 9 is at 7:30pm.  All other Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 8pm.  Sunday matinees start at 2pm.  And the Saturday, March 17 performance will be a dinner theater benefit for the Winters Rotary Club.  For information about the Rotary Benefit, call (530) 795-3279 or email: winters95694@gmail.com

Tickets for Leading Ladies are $10 general and $6 for seniors and students. Tickets for the Gala are $15.  For information and ticket reservations, call WTC at (530) 795-4014, or email:  winterstheatre@gmail.com


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