Be My Baby by Ken Ludwig
June 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
“Be My Baby” tells the story of John, an irascible Scotsman and an uptight English woman, Maude, both in their late 50s, who take on the journey of a lifetime. They are brought together when his ward marries her niece. Then, when the young couple decides to adopt a new born baby, the older couple has to travel 6,000 miles to California to pick up the child and bring her safely home to Scotland. The problem is that John and Maude despise each other. To make matters worse, they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. There they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.
The Playhouse at McConnellstown Opens 2018 Season with Comedy “Be My Baby”
Love, marriage, and babies are in the air this summer as The Playhouse at McConnellstown will open its 2018 theatre season with Ken Ludwig’s romantic comedy “Be My Baby” on June 1st.
John, a hot-tempered Scotsman, and uptight and pretentious Londoner Maud are brought together when John’s ward marries Maud’s flighty niece. But it isn’t love at first sight for John and Maud. In fact, they can’t stand each other. Their animosity is scarcely alleviated by Maud’s decision to move into the mansion (where John also resides) for a long-term stay.
Several months down the road, the mismatched pair must set aside their differences when Gloria gives birth to a stillborn child. After the young woman is told she can bear no other children, she learns of an available baby in San Francisco. The older couple decides to travel 6,000 miles to handle the paperwork and secure the infant while Gloria recovers from her trauma in the care of her well-meaning but mostly clueless husband.
John and Maud’s journey takes an unexpected turn when they get stranded in San Francisco for several weeks and are expected to jointly care for the helpless newborn. In California, they form a new partnership and learn some startling lessons about life and love.
“‘Be My Baby’ is a gentle comedy with a memorable catharsis that will make you feel warm all over,” commented Director Daniel Weston.
Keith Sutton and Jeanne Nagurny are John Campbell and Maud Kinch. William Renninger and Hannah Thompson portray newlyweds Christy McCall and Gloria Nance. Olivia Grugan and George Baumer play multiple roles.
“It’s wonderful to work with a veteran cast of hardworking people,” added Thompson. “The show is very funny, and we are planning to spice it up every night.”
Joining Weston will be assistant director Hunter McVey, and John Catanese III is the stage manager. Jeanne Nagurny costumes this production with sound design by Rick Brown. Lighting is designed by Keith Sutton and John Catanese III with technical production by Barbara Hughes. Set design is by Don Dietz.
“Be My Baby” will continue on June 2nd, 7th, 8th, and 9th at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee showings are June 3rd and 10th at 2:00 p.m. Ticket prices are $15 for regular admission and $13 for seniors (age 60 and older) and students (age 6 and older). For reservations call 814-627.0311. The Playhouse is located at 11680 Raystown Rd, Huntingdon, PA, five miles South of Huntingdon Borough on Rt. 26 in the Village of McConnellstown. For more information, please check the website at www.littletheater.com, like us on Facebook (The Playhouse at McConnellstown), or follow us on Twitter @LittleTheater.