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Theater group will perform romantic comedy

Landon Franke and Erin O’Brien, front, play Paul and Corie Bratter in the Front Porch Players’ production of Barefoot in the Park. Jana Tack-Norland and Alan Davis, back, play Edith Banks and Victor Velasco.

The first major production of Rosemount’s Front Porch Players will be Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. The Rosemount Area Arts Council adult theater group will have its opening performance June 13.

Director Keith Reed said for their first productions the theater group wanted to do a comedy for adults.

A romantic comedy, Barefoot in the Park tells the story of newlyweds Paul and Corrie Bratter as they face marriage after the honeymoon. Reed said it’s a well-known play that will have the audience laughing.

Reed said there is some mild adult language, so parents should use their judgment on whether to bring children.

The Front Porch Players began recruiting actors last winter. Reed said they have a small but talented group of actors to put on the first production.

The cast includes Landon Franke as Paul Bratter, Erin O’Brien as Corie Bratter, Jana Tack-Norland as Edith Banks, Alan Davis as Victor Velasco, Jim Anderson as The Telephone Man and John Loch as the Delivery Man.

Going forward, Reed hopes to recruit more people in the community to participate in theater productions. In addition to actors, Reed would like to recruit people interested in set design and backstage production to join the group.

The Rosemount Area Arts Council Front Porch Players will present Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park at 7:30 p.m. June 13, 14, 20 and 21. There will be matinees at 2 p.m. June 15 and June 22. All performances will be held at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Tr.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Rosemount Area Arts Council members will receive discounted ticket prices.

Tickets are available on RAAC’s website at Also tickets can be purchase in person at the Front Porch, Steeple Center, Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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