A relatable storyline and a dedicated cast and crew will fill the Ahwatukee Recreation Center (ARC) with wide grins and deep-bellied laughs with the spring production of “I’ll Never Forget What’s His Name…,” by Joe LeChaix.
The 16-member cast and more than 50-member crew has brought nothing but hard work and determination to the past three months of production.
Stage manager Dee Murrell especially exhibits the members’ dedication as she underwent a medical surgery in January, but continued to work as a major component of getting the production ready.
The cast and crew include members of every experience variant, but have done what they can to grow and be as professional as possible.
Actress Kathy Reed is participating for the first time in the ARC production and was taken aback at the work ethic of those involved.
“I was just amazed and impressed with how professional everybody is,” she said.
Director and widow of the author of “I’ll Never Forget What’s His Name…,” Barb LeChaix brims with excitement for the upcoming production and holds great gratitude for the relentless work of all the members involved.
“We won’t be perfect, but we are going to be as good as we can possibly be,” she said.
This year’s ARC spring production is a comedic play that sympathizes with the struggle of the changing ways of life due to age.
The storyline follows a couple as the accompaniment of the husband’s father in their home makes life a little more difficult. After accepting another couple’s offer to take a vacation, they undergo a minor accident that causes a loss of memory. The couple then endures an interesting treatment and discovers that their father has found a better fit at the care center than at their home.
While the play fosters a comedic storyline, it makes sure to also convey important life morals and relate to the everyday life of various community members.
Memorizing lines, working with three different sets and getting everything together for the play has posed some challenging moments, but ultimately reap rewards of a greater value.
“The job of entertainers is to make people laugh and enjoy it... Just to see them smile, it’s worth it all,” stage manager Fritz Murrell said.
Production members are excited to see the results of their hard work, but are most enthused to bring laughter and happiness to the community.
“I just like to hear the people laugh, that’s the best part,” actor Charlie Bondi said.
The production at the ARC is March 28-29 at 7 p.m., and March 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets are being sold for $10 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 1 to 3 p.m.; and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from 9 to 11 a.m., at the Ahwatukee Recreation Center, 5001 E. Cheyenne Drive.
• Danielle Quijada is a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is interning this semester for the AFN.