Walpole Players present seldom-seen Vermont comedy ‘Tourists Accommodated’

Thursday April 25, 2013

WALP0LE, N.H. -- The Walpole Players will present "Tourists Accommodated" on Thursday, May 2, Fridays, May 3 and 10, Saturday, May 4 and 11, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 12, at 2 p.m., at the Helen Miller Theater at the Walpole Town Hall.

"Tourists Accommodated" is a gentle comedy in which a Vermont family takes in summer tourists in the 1930s to raise money to send their daughter to teaching college. Wryly drawn from observing the "ways of travelers" and the "absurdities of city life," audiences will meet a host of familiar characters familiar when eight completely different groups of tourists stay with the Lyman family at their Vermont farmstead.

Written by Dorothy Canfield Fisher, the play’s genesis goes back to a cold January day in 1930 when Fisher and her friends in Arlington were sewing a baby outfit for a neighbor and talking and laughing a great deal. Several of the families had in recent years begun taking in summer automobile tourists, who were finding their way north, providing them with beds for the night and meals. This was a new and strange experience for these strong-minded New England folk, and the women soon started sharing stories about the strange ways of these travelers. Finally one of the group said, "We ought to make a play out of all this."

Fisher, a best-selling author who was also named by Eleanor Roosevelt as one of the 10 most influential women in America for her work in bringing the Montessori School movement to the U.S., took up the challenge. This seldom seen play was the result.

Directed by Ray Boas, the cast includes Jean Jobeski, Whit Aldrich, Gail Golec, Carolyn Norback, Fran Kemp, Dave Adams, Tom Durnford, Joan Balla, Sarah Manning, Kathy Reilly, Jim Baucom, Laurel Perron, Tara Sad, Stacey Allen, Deb Robarge, Becky Pearson, Mike Delaney, Gail Connelly, Anna Kendall and Cameron Tollett.

A number of the Walpole Junior Players are also featured, including Maeve Perron, Ben Robison, Kaylie Litner, Anya Bierweiler-Franks, Sophia Bruzgis, Madeleine Manning, Kathleen Dole, Isabella Smith, Patrick Manning and Holden Perron.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for under 12, and are available at Galloway Real Estate, Real to Reel, Murray’s and Costume Ladies in Walpole, and at Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, Vt.

For more information, call 603-756-4545 or visit thewalpoleplayers.org.


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