By Taylor Tweedell
Hey guys! I am back with more fun-filled arts news for you! I got to talk to Camden Scifres who is the executive director of Barefoot in the Park. The play will be performed at the Lewis Street Playhouse starting tomorrow in Canton, Missouri from June 21 – June 24.
This classic Neal Simmons comedy is the second longest running play on Broadway and is about a young, straight-laced lawyer who marries a hippie girl and together they discover the complexities of marriage. Some of the struggles they face are living on the sixth floor of a building that has no elevator, crazy neighbors, and a trying mother-in-law. The actors playing the couple’s roles are Wes and Courtney Friday. These two are actually married in real life, so they are sure to bring an authentic portrayal to the stage.
The venue for this show is an old opera house, but it is now being used by Scifres and his co-director Zoe Gudehus to bring more theatre to the Lewis County area. By putting on this play, Gudehus and Scifres aim to provide more outlets and resources for community members and for area college students to see and work in shows.
These two young and aspiring thespians decided to put on this show last year during their studies at Lindenwood University. They were in an acting class together and after reading the script for Barefoot in the Park, they really enjoyed the show. When considering what show would work best for the space, they remembered what they had read in class and fell in love with the idea of showing it to Lewis County.
Without theatre opportunities in Quincy, Scifres and Gudehus would not be who they are today. Scifres said that he had never been in a show until he became involved at Quincy Community Theatre, and he immediately fell in love with performing after his first performance on that stage. “Many people do not know that they love what they love until they do it”, stated Scifres. He is seeking to offer the same opportunity that he received at QCT through this show.
Barefoot in the Park will run from June 21 - June 23 at 7:30pm and June 23 - June 24 at 2:00 pm at the Lewis Street Playhouse in Canton, Missouri. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and under. The directors are very grateful to Quincy Medical Group for sponsoring this production.