‘Farce of Nature’ comes to Shell Knob
SKITS prepares for performances in April
Laughter, tears, drama and more will all be found on the stage when performances by the Shell Knob in The Spotlight (SKITS) cast and crew get back underway.
SKITS theater group is a staple in the Shell Knob community, with two performances each year aiming to entertain and inspire.
This spring’s play, “Farce of Nature,” will be performed April 23-25 at the Central Crossing United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
Kim Przybyl, SKITS first vice-president, said people are encouraged to buy their tickets early every year, but with COVID-19 restrictions, pre-sale tickets are even more of a must have.
“Our last performance was in the fall of 2019,” she said. “We had this performance planned for spring 2020 and were just a few weeks from opening night when we had to shut it down and go into quarantine.”
SKITS is back and like a “farce” of nature, they are ready to show theatre-goers what they are made of.
“We re-started rehearsals this March, and since we had already rehearsed it, we were able to focus on the ending more.”
Of course, dress rehearsals will be coming up, and every part of the performance has been perfected.
“Everybody was really excited to come back, but we did lose the lead female,” Przybyl said. “We replaced her the night of the first rehearsal this year.
“We are happy that we have a new member in the community who was able to come in. She has performed in New York, and we are excited to see her as our lead female.”
Przybyl said the writers of this play were also writers for the beloved show, “The Golden Girls.”
“‘Farce of Nature’ is a comedy,” she said. “The play takes place in a fishing resort in the Ozarks, which is why we chose it.
“Eventually, mafia people from Chicago come down, and that is when everything starts to happen.”
In November 2020, SKITS received a grant from the Table Rock Community Foundation for $2,000.
“That money was used to purchase professional stage microphones,” she said. “While that is very important, ticket sales are what spur most of our budget.”
SKITS took a huge hit in 2020 due to COVID-19.
While unable to sell tickets for plays, SKITS income was virtually eliminated. Donations and sponsorships are greatly appreciated.
The “Farce of Nature” performance will follow strict COVID-19 guidelines.
“Early ticket purchase is encouraged, because we are cutting those sales almost in half,” Przybyl said. “Additionally, people are asked to wear a mask until seated. If they get up for the restroom or concessions, we ask they wear their masks.”
Groups will be accepted and sat together if requested. Otherwise, seating will be distanced.
“Farce of Nature” will be dedicated in the memory of Eileen Ploss.
“Eileen was one of the early board members who got SKITS started,” she said. “She was in many of the plays and was always a strong supporter of SKITS.
“When she got sick, she would still come to all of our plays, and her husband still helps SKITS. She is missed.”
Pre-sale tickets will be available at the Shell Knob Chamber office, Freedom Bank and Jug n’ Plug, and this year, for the first time, tickets can be purchased online.
“Tickets will be $10 this year, and children 12 years and younger are free” Przybyl said. “They are usually $9, but we had to offset some theatre costs for cleaning due to COVID.”
Cast and crew
Farce of Nature writers: Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten
Director: Anne Hoffman
“Farce of Nature” cast includes:
Wanelle Wilburn — Aimee Spangenberg
D. Gene Wilburn — Craig Burford
Jenna Sealy — Michayla Hoffman
Maxie Wilburn Suggs — Sue Klassen
Carmine DeLuca — Don Hebert
Ty Wilburn — Andy Miller
Lola Barbosa — Renae Neill
Sonny Barbosa — Cliff Przybyl
Roxanne Thorne — Janel Riley
Extras — Anyssa Wright, Karin Stanley, Deb Waterman, Edith Thompson
SKITS Sponsors include:
Angel Sponsor — Nita Jane Ayers Real Estate Match-Maker
Ticket sponsor — Jug n’ Plug
Robbins Insurance Group
Table Rock Arial Photography
Kings River Marina
Deb Waterman, Realtor Keller Williams Tri-Lakes
Cool Canine All Natural Dog Treats
True Custom Mechanics
Willis Insurance, Inc.
People may follow the Facebook page @SKITSCommunityTheater for more information and purchase tickets or donate at https://shellknobspotlight.com.